A Message From LAFC President & Owner, Tom Penn:
To the members and supporters of Los Angeles Football Club, we send out heartfelt wishes and good thoughts to you, your family, your friends, and all of the Los Angeles community.
We love LAFC because it represents our love for Los Angeles and we have a responsibility and an opportunity to work together, stick together, help one another, and get through these unprecedented times.
Let's be safe, clean, and careful. Let's stay connected and supportive of one another. We will get through this together and come out on the other side in support of our Club and our city.
STATEMENTS FROM LAFC, MLS, CONCACAF
March 12, 2020
Today, Major League Soccer announced the league has suspended match play for 30 days effective immediately. Additionally, Concacaf has suspended the 2020 Concacaf Champions League immediately, and the LAFC match vs Cruz Azul at Banc of California Stadium will be rescheduled for a future date to be determined.
The health and safety of our fans and supporters, employees and players are the top priority of our Club.
These decisions were made by MLS and Concacaf together with public health and medical professionals to discourage and limit large gatherings due to COVID-19.
March 12, 2020
Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.
At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.
“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”
March 19, 2020
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time.
MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.
April 17, 2020
MLS remains focused on exploring a wide variety of formats for playing the entire 2020 season including pushing back MLS Cup into December or later. Based on the most recent government guidance, we have extended the moratorium on matches until at least June 8. Like all Leagues, we are in discussion with our players about changes to player compensation due to the financial impact on the league and our clubs from the COVID-19 Crisis. We are seeking to work collaboratively with the MLSPA to find a solution that provides a safety net for all players, opportunity to earn full salary in the scenario where all matches are played with fans, and in particular provides protection for the players at the lower end of the salary scale.
March 12, 2020
At Concacaf the welfare of everyone associated with our matches and competitions is of paramount importance to us. We have been closely monitoring the public health situation as it has been evolving in the US and across the entire region.
Given the developments last night, including new guidance issued by countries, cities and states, we have made the decision to suspend the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with immediate effect.
We are continuing to discuss arrangements for other upcoming Concacaf competitions and will make a further public statement in due course.
POSTPONED HOME MATCHES
- Tickets purchased for any LAFC match that has been postponed will be honored when MLS and Concacaf Champions League resume.
If you have transferred your tickets, the recipient of those tickets will maintain them and gain entry to the rescheduled match.
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PUBLIC HEALTH & INFORMATION
- In accordance with the league’s suspension of the 2020 season due to developments surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis, LAFC is maintaining Major League Soccer’s guidance.
- On March 19, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a "Safer at Home" emergency order for the City of Los Angeles and Governor Gavin Newsome issued a "Stay at Home" order for the state of California. The club remains in support of these measures regarding public health and safety. Banc of California Stadium, LAFC HQ, The Fields LA, and Free Play will be closed until further notice.
- LAFC and the LAFC Foundation announced the launch of the Black & Gold Community Fund, an extension of the LAFC Foundation designed to directly support the LAFC community.
- LAFC has teamed up with the Club’s local restaurant and bar partners to deliver free meals to members of the Black & Gold family that have been adversely affected by COVID-19, called the "LAFC Food Delivery Service Program".
• Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick.
• Avoid medical settings in general unless necessary. Healthcare facilities are at capacity. If you are ill in any way call your doctor’s office first before going in.
• Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
• Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
• Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
• Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
Always check with reliable sources for the up-to-date, accurate information about novel coronavirus.
People stuck at home are encouraged to support local restaurants by ordering to-go.
"Restaurants are taking extra health precautions with sanitization. We encourage you to check in with each restaurant to see how they’re preparing your order. Please stay well and follow the guidelines of public health officials. We will do our best to update this running list of restaurants that remain open across Los Angeles County."
LA Controller Ron Galperin has released a map of food pantries, LAUSD meal distribution sites and farmers' markets, along with a look at how accessible grocery stores are to Angelenos, to help residents locate food to meet their needs during this pandemic.