May 26, 2020 | View as webpage
Dear EfficientGov Subscriber,

Memorial Day weekend was unlike any in recent history. Parades and cookouts were cancelled or replaced with reverse 911 calls from mayors, online gatherings and perhaps short visits with social distancing. This wasn't the case everywhere, however, with local government leaders pressed about superspreader events across the country. Add this to tasks triggered or turned upside down by a new normal. Below we offer resources and federal funding updates to help you navigate the bedlum.

Restaurants are at a cross roads, fighting to survive while they are urged to stay open by an eager public. As your community takes steps to ease back stay-at-home orders, how are your local restaurants reopening? Please let us know in the reader poll open through May 31st.

Andrea Fox, Editor
Lake of the Ozarks sparks controversy after holiday goers flouting social distancing measures go viral
Vacationers flocked to the region from all over the U.S.; Missouri authorities are now encouraging all who visited the region to be tested
California issues guidelines for church reopenings
Tech privacy firm warns contact tracing app violates policy
This Oklahoma City Hall is partially reopening today
Texas court holds first US jury trial via videoconferencing
San Francisco joins other cities in sanctioning homeless encampments in response to COVID-19
Webinar: Communicating With the Community at a Safe Distance
Join our free webinar on Thursday, May 28 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT with AWS and Callyo to learn how agencies can use video calls to respond to non-emergency calls during a pandemic.
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Survey: How Do You Stay Connected on the Job During COVID-19?
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Is the public ready to accept surveillance by social distancing drone?
At least 40 law enforcement agencies across the country have used drones in the past few months for coronavirus-related purposes
Preventing suicide: Don't let your beliefs trap you
'Feeling trapped' can increase the odds of a person having suicidal thoughts, and many mental health experts are concerned that the pandemic will only make this worse
ICMA offers 7 best practices to reopen communities
While each state’s reopening schedule and requirements may vary, there are best practices for local governments to follow when reopening after COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions lift
FEMA issues guidance for hurricane response during pandemic
The guide aims to help public safety and public health officials adapt their disaster plans in light of COVID-19
DOJ allocates $850 million in grants to help communities respond to COVID-19
Nearly $400 million in funding is still available. Applications are being accepted until May 29
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