City of Lompoc opens hotline for COVID-19 updates, information

City of Lompoc opens hotline for COVID-19 updates, information

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Lompoc COVID-19 resource center

Lompoc city staffers await phone calls Tuesday at an emergency operations center that was established by the city to help keep residents informed about issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The center is located at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, though it is only publicly accessible via phone.

An emergency operations center that was established by the city of Lompoc to help keep residents informed about issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak began accepting calls Tuesday.

The center is located at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, though it will not be physically open to the public in an effort to maintain social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus. Community members can access the center by calling 805-875-8071.

City employees will staff the center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Residents are encouraged to call the center if they have questions or concerns related to city business amid the current pandemic.

Along with that center, residents also will be able to access coronavirus-related resources on a webpage created by the city at www.cityoflompoc.com/community/coronavirus-local-information-and-resources.

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City of Lompoc officials reported that they are working with area agencies to protect the safety of homeless people and the general public amid the ongoing health crisis, while Good Samaritan Shelters has altered its policies in an effort to ensure that people in its Lompoc and Santa Maria shelters are kept safe and protected.

Along with declaring a local emergency, which made the city eligible for potential reimbursements from FEMA, the City Council voted unanimously to waive late fees and nonpayment shut-offs for utility customers, to close City Hall to the public beginning Wednesday, and to cancel all future committee and commission meetings — except for those of the City Council and Planning Commission — through April.

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