May 2021


May 27, 2021 Update
2021年5月27日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

City Facilities to Reopen on Tuesday, June 1
After a long 14 months, the City of San Marino is thrilled to be reopening City facilities – including City Hall, Crowell Public Library, and Stoneman –on Tuesday, June 1 (the day after Memorial Day). Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to welcome you back to our City facilities as safely and efficiently as possible. As health officer orders and work place requirements change, we will keep you informed on updates to our visitor polices.

Appointments will not be necessary, but required safety protocols will be enforced. This includes face coverings inside any City facility (regardless of vaccination status), physical distancing, and reduced capacity limits. More details on each building’s reopening procedures are below.

City Hall
City Hall will be open during normal business hours (Monday – Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday from 7:00 to 11:00 AM). Visitors will be limited to the downstairs public lobby, but all staff will be available to assist any visitor. To ensure proper distancing, the lobby will be limited to 5 people, and there will be a waiting area outside City Hall for anyone else.

Police Department
The Police Department lobby will now be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency or non-emergency visitors, as well as Live Scan services. Due to the small size, only one visitor or group will be allowed inside the lobby at one time. There will be an area outside the lobby for visitors to wait, unless it is an emergency.

Fire Department
The Fire Department lobby and apparatus floor will be open during normal business hours for routine business, or visitors.  Only one visitor will be allowed inside the lobby area at one time, unless it is an emergency.

Crowell Public Library
To start, the Library will be open Monday – Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, though staff is working on a plan to return to normal Library hours and reopen the Friends of the Library Book Shoppe no later than July 1st. Curbside pickup services will begin to be phased out and will end on June 15th to allow staff to focus on the Library’s return to in-person services. Public-access computers, as well as furniture, will be spaced out according to the latest health guidelines.

Stoneman
The Recreation Division of the Community Services Department will return to its regular hours of operation of Monday – Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday from 7:00 – 11:00 AM. Appointments will not be required for in-person registration. We ask that all members of the public who are not participating in any activities to please limit their time at Stoneman to help protect the well-being and health of our participants.

LA County to Align with State’s June 15 Reopening
Los Angeles County officially announced that they will align with the State’s June 15th reopening plans that will ease most capacity limits and distancing requirements. There will still be specific requirements for large capacity events, schools, health care facilities, and congregate settings, but almost all sectors and businesses will be able to return to usual operations. The State and County will also adopt the CDC’s masking guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, though we are waiting on the State to announce the details on how businesses should implement masking protocols. Businesses also need to follow the State’s separate workplace requirements for their employees, which have not yet been updated.

As the State and County release more details on what the June 15th reopening will look like, we will let you know, but we hope you join us in our excitement for getting to this huge milestone. LA County reports that 73% of San Marino residents are at least partially vaccinated, and 91% of our seniors are. This high rate of vaccination is a large part of why we have not seen any recent COVID-19 cases in San Marino, and we are so appreciative of our residents’ commitment to safety and recovery.

Vaccines Continue to Be Available for 12+
For those not yet vaccinated, vaccines are still available for anyone 12 years of age or older, and the County is working to make it as easy as possible for residents to get vaccinated if they aren’t yet. You can obtain vaccines at the eight county-run sites, all the LA city run sites, almost all mobile sites, and many of the community sites without an appointment. Many sites are open on weekends and have evening hours. For more information, please visit www.vaccinatelacounty.com or talk to your healthcare provider.

If you are not yet vaccinated, we encourage to look into the safety and effectiveness data we now have. With nearly 4 million vaccinated people in LA County, Public Health has good data to understand the level of protection that fully vaccinated people have from COVID-19. Only 0.03% of all fully vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes asymptomatic people who were tested as a matter of routine requirement by their workplace. This extremely low rate of infection shows us just how well these vaccines are working. At this point, the overwhelming majority of people getting COVID and being hospitalized are unvaccinated.

If you are having difficulty navigating the County website or finding out how to get vaccinated, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.


May 20, 2021 Update
2021年5月20日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

Masking Rules Remain in LA County, California
Last week, we announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made changes to their masking guidelines for those that are fully vaccinated, including the loosening of restrictions indoors. However, it is important to understand that their announcement was not meant to eliminate current safety modifications at local and state levels, and the CDC acknowledged the importance of maintaining local protections.

While case numbers in LA County and California do continue to go down, COVID-19 transmission is still happening, particularly among those who are not fully vaccinated. For this reason, the State announced it will be keeping its current masking guidance until June 15, and LA County will be doing the same. As a reminder, the masking guidelines for LA County are as follows:

Masks are still required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, at:

  • Large events, public transportation, retail, and business establishments
  • Workplaces

Masks are still required for all unvaccinated people:

  • Outdoors anytime distancing cannot be maintained

Masks are still not required for fully vaccinated people:

  • Outdoors unless at crowded events or going to a business or workplace
  • Indoor and outdoor social visits with other fully vaccinated people and with unvaccinated people from one household without high risk people


City Facilities to Reopen on June 1
We are thrilled to be reopening City facilities – including City Hall, Crowell Public Library, and Stoneman –on Tuesday, June 1 (the day after Memorial Day). Appointments will not be necessary, but required safety protocols like masking, physical distancing, and reduced capacity limits will be implemented. More details on each building’s reopening procedures are below.

City Hall
City Hall will be open during normal business hours (Monday – Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday from 7:00 to 11:00 AM). Visitors will be limited to the downstairs public lobby, but all staff will be available to assist any visitor. To ensure proper distancing, the lobby will be limited to 5 people, and there will be a waiting area outside City Hall for anyone else. A sign-in sheet will be utilized to ensure no one is missed. Appointments are not required, but we still highly encourage making an appointment in advance by calling (626) 300-0700 to lessen your wait time. Appointments will be prioritized over walk-ins.

Crowell Public Library
To start, the Library will be open Monday – Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, though staff is working on a plan to return to normal Library hours very soon. Curbside pickup services will begin to be phased out and will end on June 15, 2021 to allow staff to focus on the Library’s return to in-person services. Patrons will be required to wear masks at all times while inside the Library. Public-access computers, as well as furniture, will be spaced out according to the latest health guidelines. We ask that all members of the public please adhere to our safety protocols to ensure we can provide a wonderful experience to all of our bookworms!

Stoneman
The Recreation Division of the Community Services Department will return to its regular hours of operation of Monday – Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday from 7:00 – 11:00 AM. Appointments will not be required for in-person registration; however, registrants will be required to wear masks and maintain physical distancing while in the facility. All classes and activities will adhere to the latest health guidelines, which include smaller class sizes and more outdoor offerings. We ask that all members of the public who are not participating in any activities to please limit their time at Stoneman to help protect the well-being and health of our participants.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to welcome you back to our City facilities as safely and efficiently as possible.

Vaccines Continue to Be Available for 12+
Vaccines are still available for anyone 12 years of age or older, and the County is working to make it as easy as possible for residents to get vaccinated if they aren’t yet. You can obtain vaccines at the eight county-run sites, all the LA city run sites, almost all mobile sites, and many of the community sites without an appointment. Many sites are open on weekends and have evening hours. For more information, please visit www.vaccinatelacounty.com or talk to your healthcare provider.

If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.


May 13, 2021 Update
2021年5月13日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

Update on Recovery Progress, Reopenings, and Changing Guidelines
LA County’s case rate and test positivity rate remained stable this week, and we therefore remain in the least restrictive yellow tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Last week, the health officer order was revised to allow for expanded re-openings and increased occupancy limits across a wide range of sectors with required safety measures.

The State had previously announced that California will move past the tiered system on June 15th and enter into a new phase of recovery. This week, Governor Newsom has made comments that signal that significant changes to masking and reopening protocols are coming next month, though no details have been formally released.

And just today, the CDC announced that if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, or local laws, including local businesses and workplace guidance. You can read their guidance for fully vaccinated people here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.

While both of these announcements show real progress, we will still need to follow the County’s protocols, which could always be different. As of now, masking is still required for everyone in indoor locations.

While we wait for full details, we are excited to see such proof that the COVID-19 vaccines are working, and hear conversations about life returning to normal because of it.

You can read the current County health officer order and all associated sector protocols here.

City Facilities to Reopen on June 1
As a reminder, we will be reopening City facilities – including City Hall, Crowell Public Library, and Stoneman –on Tuesday, June 1 (the day after Memorial Day). City staff is currently preparing a plan that will allow for visitors while still adhering to required safety protocols like masking, physical distancing, and reduced capacity limits. We will provide more details next week, and look forward to see you soon!

LA County Now Offering Vaccinations to 12 to 15-Year-Olds
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) affirmed the recommendation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age.

Los Angeles County vaccination providers will now be offering the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds at vaccination sites that offer the Pfizer vaccine. All eight county run sites will be open and able to vaccinate children 12-17. They should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult, and present a photo ID and verification of age.  For a full list of sites across the county offering Pfizer vaccines, please visit http://bit.ly/PfizerSites. Walk-ins are welcome at all 8 county-run sites.  Parents or teens with questions about the vaccine should contact their healthcare provider or visit www.vaccinatelacounty.com for more information on vaccine safety and efficacy.

If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.



May 6, 2021 Update
2021年5月06日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

LA County Moves into the Least Restrictive Yellow Tier
Earlier this week, LA County officially met the threshold of the least restrictive yellow tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and the revised health officer order went into effect today. Moving into the yellow tier allows for increases in capacity in many sectors and allows bars to begin providing indoor service at 25% capacity. All of these changes will still require safety modifications, including masking, distancing and infection control to reduce the risk of transmission.

You can read the full order and all associated sector protocols here, and you can read the County’s press release with a detailed summary of all the changes here.

City Facilities to Reopen on June 1
As case numbers continue to decline and vaccines continue to be accessible to all people 16 and over, we are excited to announce that we will be reopening City facilities – including City Hall, Crowell Public Library, and Stoneman – starting on Tuesday, June 1 (the day after Memorial Day). City staff is currently preparing a plan that will allow for visitors while still adhering to required safety protocols like masking, physical distancing, and reduced capacity limits.

We know that the community is eager to come back and we are delighted to welcome you all. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding over the past 14 months and we thank you all for helping us get to this significant milestone. As we have more details on protocols that will be place to ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with orders, we will let you know.

Update on City Events and Celebrations
Despite all the good news and reopenings, the reality remains that COVID-19 is still with us, and that health orders and restrictions will still be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future. The City is ready to begin returning to normal programming, and is excited to kick this off with the return of our traditional in-person Memorial Day event at Lacy Park.

However, after many difficult discussions, the City has come to the conclusion that, due to health officer order protocols like physical distancing and capacity limits, we cannot host a 4th of July event that will allow the entire community to gather together, and for this reason, we will be cancelling our favorite City event for another year. We know this is disappointing, but City staff is doing all we can to create some fun, safe, and celebratory pop-up events. Please stay tuned for more information about these events in the next few weeks. 

Vaccine Appointments Still Available Throughout the County; Walk-Ins Accepted
The County and community partners continue to have plenty vaccine doses available. As a reminder, anyone 16 and older is currently eligible to get vaccinated, and it is looking likely that kids 12 and older will be approved for the vaccine within the next few days. Studies have shown that the vaccines we have are immensely effective, and will not only keep the vaccinated person safe, but also stop community transmission and lessen the likelihood of more dangerous variants taking hold.

You can go to https://myturn.ca.gov/ and see all of the nearby places with appointments available, including Huntington Hospital, USC, and many nearby pharmacies. If you'd rather not make an appointment, the County is also accepting walk-ins at many locations. If you are having difficulty navigating the registration website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.

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