Local leaders are delivering America's communities through this crisis. That's why Bloomberg Philanthropies created the City Hall COVID-19 Update, to elevate the critical information city leaders need to respond to and recover from the challenges at hand. The newsletter is published twice weekly, on Tuesday and Friday.

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More cities mandate masks as COVID cases continue to spike

The push for mandatory mask wearing in public may be nearing a tipping point as COVID-19 infection rates soar in Arizona, Florida, Texas, and a number of other states. And, in many cases—including in Tampa, Fla., Montgomery, Ala., and Tucson, Ariz.—it’s mayors who are leading the charge. Here’s how city leaders are rebuffing critics and mixed messaging to enact rules they say are needed to save lives as economies reopen during the pandemic. 

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Johns Hopkins' confirmed U.S. COVID-19 cases as of 8 a.m. EDT on June 23.
Find more up-to-date case counts and other critical information from the Johns Hopkins University's situation report and interactive map.

Cities to domestic-violence survivors: ‘You aren’t trapped’

In normal times, a decrease in domestic violence calls and fewer people in shelters would be good news for city officials. But in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, cities across the country have grown alarmed that stay-at-home orders and social distancing have presented additional hurdles for abuse survivors to overcome and reach out for help or get away from their abusers. City Halls have implemented a variety of programs and awareness campaigns, and one in Houston is attracting national attention. 

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A roundup of responses to the coronavirus crisis. See the
COVID-19: Local Action Tracker for more.

Some of the nation’s largest and hardest-hit cities move to Phase Two of reopening this week. But what that means for residents’ everyday lives varies by city.   RAMPING UP TESTING 
As daily rates of COVID-19 infection continue to rise, mayors are implementing new measures designed to curb outbreaks.  GLOBAL OUTLOOK
Inspired: Silicon Valley Strong

As members of the Dawoodi Bohra religious community in San José, Calif., distributed thousands of handmade masks to area senior centers over the weekend, Mayor Sam Liccardo used their generosity as an opportunity to uplift Silicon Valley Strong, a public-private partnership that has created a one-stop web portal for anyone needing help or looking to lend a hand during the COVID-19 crisis. “Thank you for showing us another way we can help keep each other safe,” Liccardo tweeted.  


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  • The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund is requesting applications for a cohort of local governments looking to provide financial information and referrals to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout. Apply here by June 30.
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