Coronavirus Information

The City of South Gate is here to help you get through this unprecedented public health emergency. The City is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) to monitor the novel coronavirus. Novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) is a new, viral disease that produces symptoms similar to the flu or pneumonia. As of July  6, 2020, DPH reported 1,954 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Gate. DPH is investigating the cases and will notify close contacts to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. It is critically important that everyone adheres to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible. 

City Hall Reopening Guidelines

City Hall will re-open its doors to the public on Monday, June 15th, with temporary operating hours of Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., by appointment only, however residents will be able to pay their water bill during these hours without an appointment. The public will now be able to conduct business in person, but will be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing while inside the building. Additionally, Community Safety Ambassadors will be conducting wellness checks for all guests entering City Hall. This will include non-invasive, infrared temperature checks and screening questions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Although City Hall will re-open, residents are encouraged to continue accessing City services by email and phone.

A City Hall Reopening Guide has been prepared as a resource guide for the community and visitors that includes the safety protocols implemented for the reopening of City Hall. To view click here: English / Spanish.

As a reminder, the following City facilities will continue to be closed until further notice:
-Senior Center
-South Gate Park Facilities

South Gate parks will continue to be open for passive use, such as walking, jogging, and leisure time outdoors for individuals or families. The following park amenities will continue to be closed: playgrounds, basketball courts, swimming pool, fitness equipment, athletic fields and skate park.

The curve has flattened, however the COVID-19 pandemic is still in L.A. County.  As L.A. County moves into its safe reopening phases, all residents, business owners and employees must continue to observe and practice all COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

Please continue to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19:

•             Wear a face covering when in public

•             Wash your hands frequently throughout the day

•             Maintain a six foot social distance from others

•             Stay home if you are feeling sick

For up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website here. 

Roadmap to Recovery - Reopening Safely

The Los Angeles County of Public Health released its 5 stage Roadmap to Recovery that describes a phased approach to relaxing select directives of the Safer at Home Order and a reopening process for certain business sectors. Effective today, LA County is currently in stage two of the Safer at Home recovery stage.  Stage two allows some retailers to offer curbside pickup. Car dealerships, golf courses and trails can also open with appropriate safeguards in place.  Physical distancing and infection control protocols must be adhered to and cloth facing coverings must be worn. The next stages include the potential opening in phases of higher-risk businesses like movie theaters, schools, colleges and universities, followed by conventions and spectator events. Each sector will have safe reopening protocols that must be adhered to. For more information visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.

Updated Health Officer Order

The Los Angeles County is moving toward new standards for safe reopening in alignment with the State of California guidelines.

Examples of activities now permitted in LA County, including South Gate:

  • Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.
  • Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.
  • Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.

The order emphasizes that physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings and other safety protocols must be observed as the recovery progresses.

The updated order allows people to take part in all permitted activities while continuing to practice physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering when in contact with others. Although these updates are being enacted, Los Angeles County residents are still encouraged to remain in their residences as much as practical and limit close contact with others outside their household both indoor and outdoor.

Gatherings of people not from the same household are still prohibited, except for faith-based services and in-person protests.

Additionally, people 65 years old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain in their residences as much as possible. People in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise or obtain food or other necessities. Telework should continue as much as possible.

The County Public Health Department will continue to monitor COVID-19 data indicators closely and may, after consultation with the Board of Supervisors, adjust orders to reflect specific County needs.

For more information please click here.

Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Order (06.18.20)
- APPENDIX A: Social Distancing Protocol (05.13.20) (translations pending) English
- APPENDIX B: Retail Businesses Opening for In Person Shopping Protocol (05.26.20) English | Spanish 
- APPENDIX C: Warehousing, Manufacturing, Logistics Protocol (05.13.20) (translation pending) English
- APPENDIX D: Office-Based Worksites Protocol (translations pending) English
- APPENDIX E: Shopping Center Operators Protocol English | Spanish 
- APPENDIX F: Places of Worship Protocol English (translations pending)
- APPENDIX G: Vehicle Based Parades or Drive Thru Events Protocol (translation pending) English | Spanish
- APPENDIX H: Hair Salons and Barbershops Protocol English | Spanish 
- APPENDIX I: Restaurants Protocol (05.26.20) English | Spanish 
- APPENDIX J: Music, Television and Film Production Protocol (translations pending) English
- APPENDIX K: Day Camps Protocol (translations pending) English | Spanish 
- APPENDIX L: Gym and Fitness Establishments (translations pending) English
- APPENDIX M: Museums, Galleries, Zoos and Aquariums (translations pending) English | Spanish 
- APPENDIX N: Pro-sport Leagues, Facilities, Training Protocol (translations pending) English
- APPENDIX O: Campgrounds and RV Parks (translations pending) English | Spanish
- APPENDIX P: Hotels, Lodging and Short Term Rentals Protocol (translations pending) English | Spanish
- APPENDIX Q: Cardrooms Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks Onsite Wagering Protocol (translations pending) English
- APPENDIX R: Personal Care Establishments Protocol (translations pending) English
- APPENDIX S: Bars Winery and Brewery Rooms Protocol (translations pending) English 

Recovery Resource Guide

The City prepared a Recovery Resource Guide that provides a list of valuable resources available to the community in response to COVID-19, such as financial recovery assistance, small business grants, health and well being services and more. Click here to view.

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in South Gate

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available at the AltaMed Medical Center located at 8627 Atlantic Avenue in South Gate.Testing is available for anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. At this time, testing is only available for those with symptoms. Same-day and next-day appointments are available, call 1-888-499-9303 or register online here.

LA County COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Los Angeles County residents. Visit the following link for more information about scheduling a test click here.

Senior Call Center - (323) 563-9525

The City of South Gate is here for seniors to answer your questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and connect you to available resources such as food pantries, mental health services and more. The Call Center at (323) 563-9525 operates Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Mental Health Resources

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation. For additional information, click here. LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 is available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals.

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: English and Spanish

Workforce Development Program

The City’s Workforce Development Program will be operated by HUB Cities and will assist job seekers in obtaining employment and strengthening their skill set. Job seekers will receive assistance with résumé and job application preparation as well as job search support. This program will also offer various workshops and training classes that teach interview techniques and provide career guidance. For more information, visit hubcities.com or call (323) 586-4707.

Homeless Prevention and Counseling Program

The City’s Homeless Prevention and Counseling program is operated by Helpline Youth Counseling and assists low-income South Gate residents at risk of experiencing homelessness with rental payments, security and utility deposits. For more information, call (562) 273-0722 or visit hycinc.org.

Report a non-essential business operating

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
(888) 700-9995
Email: Ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov
File a complaint online 
You may also call the City’s Community Development Department to report the violation at (323) 563-9549.

Report prohibited gatherings

South Gate Police Dispatch
(323) 563-5436

Report price gouging

(800) 593-8222 or file an online complaint

Price Gouging Flyer - English and Spanish

COVID-19 Business Resources, click here

City Updates

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New Statewide Guidance

Latest News of COVID-19 

A limited number of businesses will allowed to re-open Friday, May 8th with appropriate safeguards in place. All businesses must apply distancing and infection control protocols. For additional information, click here.

Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, click here

Suspension of Utility Service Disconnections

To help families with financial hardship due to COVID-19, the City’s Water Division, SoCalGas and Southern California Edison are not suspending service or disconnecting customers who are unable to pay their bill until further notice. For more information, contact the service provider below:

City Water Division: (323) 563-9586 

Southern California Edison: 1-800-655-4555

SoCalGas: 1-800-427-2200

Frequently Asked Questions

Food Pantries

  • For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit: Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator
  • Free Senior Lunch Program at the South Gate Senior Center (562) 806-5400
  • Everytable is offering meals to everyone. Food distribution for seniors who need food brought to their homes. Food available for students, (323) 458 - 6487.
  • Seniors who need food delivery, call Greater Emmanuel Temple at (424) 296-0400
  • Food Pantry, Southeast Churches Service Center, 2780 East Gage Avenue, Huntington Park, CA. 90255, (323) 585-8254.

Additional Resources