Response & Recovery

Stronger Together: Visit Anaheimthe Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel & Lodging Association have joined together to form the Response and Recovery COVID-19 task force. The three organizations are working with the City of Anaheim, communications, Emergency Operating Center and Community Services to provide information and resources for local residents and businesses.

The partnership group meets daily to coordinate efforts with affected business industries and community stakeholders. The task force also holds weekly security meetings with hotels and restaurants that have closed as a result of the state’s executive order.

The CARES Act: On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed a $2 trillion federal stimulus package (CARES Act), approved by both houses of Congress. For more information on how the CARES Act might affect you or your business, please click here.

Governor’s Order: On Thursday, March 19th, Governor Gavin Newsom instructed all Californians to shelter at home, except for approved essential services. The following will remain open to assist residents: gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks, laundromats and laundry services.

Response & Recovery COVID-19 Command Center: (left to right) Todd Ament, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Harry Sidhu, City of Anaheim; Jay Burress, Visit Anaheim.

Focus of the Response & Recovery COVID-19 Task Force:

Business Assistance

  • Support Mayor Harry Sidhu’s Economic and Community Recovery efforts
  • Distribute real-time economic assistance program information
  • Coordinate security efforts to keep workplace locations and assets safe
  • Provide consistent communications on compliance with local, state, and federal mandates and guidelines
  • Advocate for regulatory relief and economic assistance to mitigate job losses and assist with economic recovery; including up-front cash assistance, tax relief, and policies to manage debt-maintenance during closures to keep employees on the payroll

Workforce Assistance

  • Connect business leaders and employees to resources at all levels of government
  • Coordinate with city on policies to protect residents from evictions, manage utility bills, and access vital food and supplies
  • Maintain an inventory of all hotel, restaurant and industry-based closures with calculations on total employees affected
  • Communicate and coordinate real-time job losses with County’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB)

Community Assistance

  • Operate Visit Anaheim Cares Donation Program for in-kind and financial contributions
  • Coordinate partnership with Anaheim Transportation Network to transport goods to City’s Emergency Operations Center for distribution to vulnerable residents
  • Coordinate donations from Hotels and Restaurants closing and/or reducing hours
  • Communicate daily with City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Anaheim Area Restaurant Service Availability Updates

Private Sector Donations to Visit Anaheim Cares
Please contact Jessica Barganski at [email protected] for donations to Visit Anaheim Cares ― 100 percent of all donations will go immediately to Anaheim’s Emergency Operation Center for distribution to the most vulnerable residents in Anaheim.

Anaheim Businesses Donating Vital Supplies
Working with the City of Anaheim, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Response & Recovery Partnership is working daily to support immediate needs in our city. Visit Anaheim Cares is a 501(c)3, established to encourage the tourism and hospitality community to assist Anaheim community members and neighborhoods.

We know this is an extraordinarily difficult time for your business and workforce. It may not be possible to give at this time. However, if you are in a position to provide donations, whether in-kind or financial, we will work with you to make sure your support gets to the most vulnerable residents quickly.

At this time, the City has identified the following, immediate needs for residents.

Dry Goods:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand wipes
  • Bottled and distilled water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels


  • Pantry Items: pasta, rice, crackers, cereal, nut butters, dried fruits
  • Packaged snacks: granola bars, trail mix, fruit snacks, pretzels
  • Canned goods: vegetables, fruits, beans, meats, broth, soups

Anaheim Transportation Network/ART has volunteered to assist with transporting donations. The city has arranged for storage (including cold storage) and distribution channels. Visit Anaheim Cares and our Response and Recovery COVID-19 Task Force will report donations and responses to needs as they grow.

Questions or for additional information contact ― Jessica Barganski at [email protected]

Business Resources

Many business owners, especially small businesses, may be closed for an extended time due to this crisis. Please see the following state and federal links for resources to assist you and your employees:

Local Resources

Visit Anaheim, the official destination marketing organization for Anaheim
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Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
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Anaheim/Orange County Hotel & Lodging Association
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City of Anaheim
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County of Orange
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Tax Day Moved to July 15
The IRS moved the national income tax filing day ahead to July 15

REAL ID Deadline Extended: The president of the United States announced that the deadline for full enforcement of the REAL ID Act has been extended to October 1, 2021.

We will be sending out updates as things change.
This is the latest information as of April 2, 2020.