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Lakewood follows many other cities in proclaiming a State of Local Emergency related to the coronavirus

On March 18, 2020, Lakewood's City Manager, using authority granted by California state law and the Lakewood Municipal Code, proclaimed a State of Local Emergency because of the coronavirus. Click here to see the proclamation.

The proclamation was made at the direction of the City Council at their March 16 meeting, and was drafted in consultation with Lakewood's mayor and city attorney. The City Council will review the proclamation and receive another update on coronavirus actions and preparations in Lakewood at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 24. By state law, the City Council must ratify or terminate the proclamation by resolution within 7 days and review it every 60 days thereafter.

The proclamation is a legal document that can accelerate emergency planning, streamline staffing if needed, and, very importantly, allow for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments for Lakewood's coronavirus-related expenses.

The County of Los Angeles, and the cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Bellflower and many others in the region have issued similar proclamations to bolster their preparedness.

Please continue to check our main page for Lakewood-specific coronavirus information and resources at