Coronavirus Response & Just Recovery
As all of our communities deal with the spread of coronavirus, people will look to local governments for an efficient and bold response that protects the safety of all residents as well as the public health.
We know full well that the inequities entrenched in our society are only exacerbated in an emergency like the coronavirus outbreak. In a public health emergency, we are only as healthy as those most vulnerable, least economically secure, and least covered by our social services. As local governments across the country respond to the spread of coronavirus, they must keep in mind that economic security is fundamental to public health, and we must do all we can to keep people secure enough to take care of themselves and endure a quarantine or treatment if required.
We have compiled this resource page to aid Local Progress members in taking bold local action and staying informed of efforts underway across the country. More than ever, now is a time for us to learn from each other across communities.
Please reach out to us if you want support in your local response to the spread of coronavirus. We will endeavor to continuously update this page with resources, action items, and examples of what Local Progress members are doing across the country.
Initial Call to Action
We are encouraging all Local Progress members to act as a network to advance paid leave, enact moratoriums on evictions and utility shutoffs, and ensure a response that protects the most vulnerable. There are, of course, many other urgent actions needed right now, many of which we’ve detailed on this page below.
To support Local Progress members in fighting for an equitable local response to this pandemic, we are committed to providing resources and opportunities for us to learn from each other and overcome this together. To that end, we’ve launched this interactive clearinghouse tool to catalog local government response efforts.
This clearinghouse tool will allow you to see an updated cataloging of local efforts all around the country to respond to the spread of coronavirus. You can sort by type of response effort and then population size or state. This is not comprehensive — it will rely on LP members and others to contribute local updates into the tool by completing this form.
- Business stabilization
- Criminal legal system
- Housing, utilities, & homelessness
- Local infrastructure & government operations
- Public health and treatment
- Schools, meals, and childcare
- Supporting immigrants
- Supporting workers and income assistance
Filter by Locality Population Size Filter by State Reset Filters
We are working with Local Progress members and our partners to compile key resources to share with you on local coronavirus response, which you’ll find bellow. Please stay tuned for more updates to this section on an ongoing basis.
>> If you’re in Local Progress NY, please find New York specific resources here.
For a comprehensive look at state interventions for legislators, please visit the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) resource page.
[Policy Overview]: Emergency Paid Sick Time Bill
[Model Bill]: Paid Sick and Safe Leave plus Emergency Leave
[Model Bill]: Emergency Paid Sick Leave
[Model Policy]: Protecting Worker Safety & Health
[Overview]: Support for Small Business During COVID-19
A Guide to Investigating Local Emergency Powers
[Resolution]: Philadelphia effort for Housing Moratoriums
National COVID-19 Messaging Guide
[Overview]: COVID-19 and Abortion Advocacy: Strategies to Consider
[Resolution]: SF rent cancellation and mortgage moratorium
[Overview]: Accessible and Transparent Government During Social Distancing
[Overview]: Caring for Those Who Are Houseless during the COVID-19 Outbreak
Preventing further privatization of education during COVID-19
[Overview]: Supporting Immigrants During COVID-19
[Overview]: Protecting Essential Workers
[Overview]: School budgeting process in the era of COVID-19
Ensuring safe, adequate and equitable meal distribution during school closures
[Overview]: Ensuring Accessible Childcare for Essential Workers during COVID-19