“Our city, faith-based community, local businesses and government institutions are all helping to bring relief to those affected by this COVID-19 shutdown,” said Councilmember Haidar Awad, Candidate for Mayor. “While still more relief is being debated, here are some things we hope will help.”

Here are a few resources to help through this difficult period. You can find more information at COVID19.haidarhawthorne.com.

Local Shopping/Dining

Local supermarkets will remain open with special morning hours for Seniors. While restaurants cannot open their dining rooms, many Hawthorne restaurants will offer takeout and delivery (since this will vary, please call each res­taurant to check).

Parking Enforcement

Hawthorne parking enforcement during street sweeping is sus­pended but critical incidents of il­legal parking (blocking driveways, double parking, etc.) will still be enforced.

Eviction Moratorium

“So many of our residents are renters and are unable to work during this ‘shelter at home’ order,” said Councilmember Awad, “so I’ve worked with my colleagues to es­tablish a moratorium on evictions when renters are unable to pay rent if they are unable to work or their business is closed.” The ordi­nance does not relieve you of ow­ing rent or the landlord’s ability to collect it at a later date.

Schools

Last week, Hawthorne, Weis­burn, and Centinela Valley Union School Districts closed their cam­puses and offices through the end of the scheduled spring break. However, that may change due to the Governor’s order. Check their websites for current informa­tion. You can find links to them at COVID19.haidarhawthorne.com. Many of our schools are providing “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch for children. See the flyer in this newspaper for times and locations.

Food

Del Aire Baptist Church will hold Food Distributions. You can call them at (310) 676-8352.

St. Margaret’s Center in Lenox has a food pantry open from Mon­day, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and again from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are located at 10217 S Inglewood Av­enue in Lennox. In addition, they need volunteers to help distribute food. You can call them at (310) 672-2208

Library

Our Hawthorne Library will re­main closed until March 31, 2020 but may be extended. If you have a library card, you can use their website to borrow digital books, audio books, and movies as well as magazines. lacountylibrary.org

Taxes

Both the California and Federal Tax Filing deadlines have been ex­tended to July 15, 2020, extend­ing time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

“My friend State Controller Betty Yee was ahead of the Treasury department on an extension,” said Councilmember Awad, “when she extended California filing to June 15th. But her order said it would be pushed further if the IRS granted a longer relief period…and they just did.”

Water

Our tap water is safe from coro­navirus (COVID-19), according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our state regulated safeguards to pro­tect water quality already in place are effective to keep water safe from viruses, including COVID-19.

Both Golden State Water (909) 394-2272 and CalWater (310) 257- 1400 are offering a temporary moratorium on disconnections for non-payment. Be sure to contact them if you need assistance.

Gas/Electricity

There should be no interruption of service for both gas and elec­tricity. Southern California Edison and SoCalGas (877) 238-0092