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June 30, 2020 Update
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On Sunday, Governor Newsom ordered the closure of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles, unless they offer sit-down, dine-in services.  Restaurants may continue to operate dine-in and to-go services, but bar areas in restaurants must close.  Bars are required to remain closed until further notice.  Although this particular announcement may not impact San Marino directly, it highlights the fact that we are still in a very fluid situation.  The State is closely monitoring critical factors related to the transmission of the virus, hospitalization rates, and hospital capacity, and is prepared to make decisions regarding the opening or closing of sectors as needed.  Based on those critical factors, the state may choose to pull back on the reopening of sectors in certain areas in order to reduce the spread of the virus.  No further announcements were made the State or County about closing any additional sectors, but it’s important to note that it is a tool they will use if necessary.
 
In Los Angeles County, there has been a continued and notable increase in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates, and in hospitalizations.  The Department of Public Health is asking businesses and individuals to take immediate action to slow the spread of the disease.  The most important things we can do right now are wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, follow reopening protocols, and most importantly, avoid gathering with those outside of your household.   In an effort to help prevent such gatherings this weekend, Los Angeles County announced it will close all beaches beginning Friday, July 3rd at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, July 6th at 5:00 a.m.
 
As we enter the holiday weekend, we want to remind you that gatherings of any type with people outside of your household are still prohibited.  We urge you to do your part in slowing the spread by finding other ways to connect and celebrate this weekend.  Thank you for helping our community safely continue on our road to recovery!

June 25, 2020 Update
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COVID-19 Update
Over the past week, both California and Los Angeles County have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.  We want to take this time to remind everyone of the important steps you can take to help slow the spread of the disease:
  • Wear a face covering.  You must use a face covering anytime you are inside of a business, and anytime you are outside of your home and may be in contact with anyone that is not part of your household, whether indoors or outdoors.  The face covering must cover both your nose and mouth.
  • Keep your distance.  Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet when you are around people that are not in your household.  Wearing a face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others.
  • Wash your hands.  Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Follow protocols.  Businesses are working hard to comply with the County’s protocols for reopening.  You must follow their requirements when you visit a business.  Keep an eye out for things such as new signage or floor markings to indicate where you should stand.
If you’d like to learn more about Los Angeles County’s case numbers, protocols for reopening businesses, or the latest Health Officer Order, you can visit the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.  
As more and more people are out in the community, we still encourage any senior or at-risk residents who may not feel safe leaving their homes to call our Resident Support Hotline at (626) 300 – 0731. City staff is available to help ensure that you have the essential items you need, including groceries and face coverings.  Thank you for doing your part to help to keep our community safe!
City Facilities to Remain Closed for In-Person Services through July 31st
The City has made the decision to extend the closure of City facilities through July 31st.  We want to open in the safest manner possible and in order to do that, there are important safety measures that need to be in place first.  Staff is still working on securing supplies and making improvements to our buildings that will make it safe for visitors and staff when we reopen.  This includes things such as installing plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizing stations, and floor markings to ensure physical distancing. 
  
Even though our buildings are closed to the public right now, we want to remind you that you can still conduct most City business by phone, email and limited appointments.  Also please note the following:
  • Commission, Committee, and Board Meetings have resumed virtually.  Instructions for how to participate can be found on the agendas, which are posted on our website: https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/government/agendas___minutes_/2020.php
  •  The Community Services Department is beginning registration for summer camps. Camps will begin July 6th.  Registration can be done online by visiting:
Revised Health Officer Order Expands Reopening of LA County
 
On June 18th, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a revised Health Officer Order. It announces new sectors that are allowed to open, and provides updates on faith-based services, protests, and face coverings.
 
Per the new Health Officer Order, the following types of businesses are allowed to open beginning June 19th:
 
  •  Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities
  • Personal care establishments, including nail salons, tanning salons, estheticians, skin care, cosmetology services, electrology, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, and massage therapy
  • Bars, and winery and brewery tasting rooms
 As with other sectors that have reopened, each of these types of businesses is required to follow the protocols outlined by the Department of Public Health.  For example, some of the protocols required for personal care establishments include reduced capacity, staggered appointments (no walk-in appointments), barriers between employees and customers when feasible, and increased disinfection procedures. 
  
The revised Health Officer order also now differentiates between indoor and outdoor faith-based services.  Indoor services continue to be limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for that building or room.   There is no maximum number of attendees for services held outdoors provided that there is enough room to observe a minimum of six feet between members of different households.  Indoor and outdoor services must still follow the required protocols.
  
Indoor protests are limited to a maximum number of attendees equal to the lesser of 25% of the room or building’s maximum occupancy or 100 people.  Outdoor protests are permitted without a limit on the number of attendees but participants must wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distancing.
  
Face Covering Update
 On June 18th, State Public Health officials announced all Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces, and outdoors when distancing is not possible.  This is very similar to the requirements we have already been following in Los Angeles County.  However, the revised Health Officer Order further clarifies face covering requirements for Los Angeles County residents.  It states,

This order, beginning June 19, 2020 requires all persons wear a cloth face covering over both their nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence and are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private places, whether indoors or outdoors.  This includes wearing a cloth face covering when patronizing a business.
 
Remember to wear a face covering anytime you are outside of your home and may be in contact with anyone that is not part of your household, in both public and private places.  We thank you for your continued efforts to help keep our community safe!

June 11, 2020 Update
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Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced they plan to move to the next step on their Roadmap to Recovery.  The Health Officer’s Order will be modified to allow the following sectors to open beginning Friday, June 12:  

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Professional sports without live audiences
  • Day camps
  • Museums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums

This includes the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, however, please check directly with The Huntington for their reopening schedule - www.huntington.org

  • Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation (not including playgrounds)
  • Music, film and TV production
  • Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel

As with each type of business that has already been allowed to reopen, strict safety protocols are required for each of the above sectors.  Generally, these types of protocols include limiting capacity, requiring reservations, allowing for appropriate physical distancing, and increasing disinfecting measures.  When visiting places outside of your homes, please remember to wear your face coverings, maintain physical distancing, and follow all of the safety protocols required for that particular place.  To learn more about LA County’s Roadmap to Recovery, you can visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery/.   

The City is dedicated to supporting the safe reopening of our community.  We have recently added a section to our website to assist our business community as they reopen.  Here you can find information and resources on reopening a business in compliance with County requirements -  

https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/government/departments/planning___building/economic_development/index.php

As more information about the new modifications to the Health Officer’s Order are announced, we will be sure to let you know. We look forward to this next phase of our recovery process, and thank you in advance for your continued efforts to keep yourselves and our community safe.

June 4, 2020 Update
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Reopening of Businesses
Last week, the County of Los Angeles announced some significant changes in our reopening process. The new “Safer at Work and in the Community” order allows for the following types of businesses to reopen at reduced capacity - retail stores (including in-person shopping), restaurants (including on-site dining), and hair salons and barber shops.

The County has outlined strict safety protocols that each of these types of businesses must meet before opening. Customers and employees should also still continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. 
 
To see a full list of what is open in LA County, and to understand the protocols that businesses and customers must follow, please go to the County Department of Public Health’s website at
 
 
Video Update from Council Member Jakubowski and City Treasurer Han
This week, Council Member Susan Jakubowski has provided a video message highlighting the reopening of our business community. City Treasurer Annie Han has provided a version in Chinese.
  

The City of San Marino looks forward to continuing to support our businesses and residents through this reopening process. Please continue to use our Resident Support Hotline at (626) 300 – 0731 if you need assistance. 

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