Los Angeles City Hall will close to all non-city hall employees, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at a news conference.
All large public events have been canceled or postponed, and meetings will move to video conferencing until the emergency ends, the mayor said.
Additional hand washing and sanitizing stations are being set up in public buildings and all non-essential travel is being stopped.
Noting that Los Angeles has seen earthquakes, unrest, and fires, the mayor expressed his confidence that the city will survive this outbreak as well. He called on the public to take part, saying “We are all first responders in this emergency.”