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As more states and localities have implemented closures to help limit the spread of coronavirus, many cities are working overtime to transition a largely in-office workforce to telework. While telework is not possible for those in essential positions such as emergency responders, sanitation workers, and utility workers, those employees who can work from home, should

Social distancing is our new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This practice is the process undertaken to “restrict when and where people can gather, to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases.” It is one of a number of actions leaders can take right now to increase the resilience of their

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded an “all-hands-on-deck” response from all levels of our nation’s governance structure. Mayors, council members, city and county health officials, governors, as well as the Administration and Congress, are all working to ensure that response and recovery efforts are “locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.” In communities large and small,

There is no historical parallel for the economic collapse the coronavirus is inflicting on economies around the globe. In just 3 weeks, 16 million Americans have joined the rolls of the unemployed, representing more than half the jobs created after the 2008 Great Recession. The impact of the outbreak on small businesses is particularly acute.

Protecting health care providers, first responders and other essential employees from the COVID-19 virus is vital to slowing the spread of the pandemic. The CDC has advised that everyone should be wearing cloth masks in public. Accordingly, all front-line staff that interact with the public need some level of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, cities,

Municipal leaders have an opportunity – even at a time of physical or social distancing – to promote connecting children and families to the outdoors and nature. Such connections can benefit city and town residents of all ages. Getting outside offers chances to combat social isolation, maintain physical and mental health, enrich connections with nearby

Life in the age of coronavirus has established a new “normal” in college towns across the nation, and that “normal” is anything but. College towns and university communities across the United States have seen large numbers of student-residents return to their homes, dealing a blow to local economies and carefully planned strategies for ensuring a

As many Americans prepare for Easter, Ramadan and Passover holidays, local leaders are continuing to deal with the impact of Coronavirus. As the number of cases in the United States continues to climb, many elected officials and public health experts are working with faith leaders to help stop the spread of coronavirus in their community. Intergenerational faith-based communities play

NLC held a webinar on this topic on Thursday, April 2. Click here to download the recording of the webinar. As of this writing, most Americans are currently under a state or local order restricting movement. Thousands of schools, workplaces, and community and religious centers have closed for extended to limit the spread of COVID-19.

As city leaders across the country are working to ensure that residents are practicing physical distancing, they are also trying to balance a difficult task: ensuring that transportation options remain open for those who need them, while safeguarding transportation systems from spreading the virus. NLC talked with city leaders and transportation providers to get a

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