Glendale conducted its first Business Recovery Task Force meeting Thursday in an attempt to aid businesses during the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The task force seeks to create a detailed reopening plan that will be presented to the City Council for adoption on June 16, according to Darlene Sanchez, assistant director of community development for Glendale.

“The Glendale City Council remains committed to supporting the business community,” said Community Development Director Philip Lanzafame, the task force’s chairman.

“As we look to the future, it is the goal of the Glendale City Council and the priority of the Community Development Department to support the business community by ensuring you have the tools you need to a speedy recovery.”

The task force consists of 40 representatives from various industries in Glendale, including The Americana at Brand, the YMCA, the Walt Disney Co. and the Glendale Unified School District.

During Thursday’s meeting, representatives from The Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria made suggestions about steps needed to take to re-open their malls, and a representative of the global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, representing the office sector, discussed steps to re-open their properties, according to Sanchez.

Others addressed concerns and made recommendations regarding increasing customer confidence and allowing restaurants, retailers and gyms to reopen outdoors.

Task force members also discussed ways the city can support local businesses, including providing funding and allowing businesses to re-open, possibly with reduced capacity, Sanchez said.

The task force is developing a survey to issue to Glendale businesses to better understand their needs, according to Sanchez.

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