OCTOBER 29, 2020 UPDATE
City Facilities to Remain Closed through November 30
The closure of City facilities will continue through November 30. Even though our buildings remain closed to the public, you can still conduct most City business by phone, email and limited appointments. For more information about what this means for each department and facility, please visit: https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/coronavirus
Yesterday, the County reported that there has been a gradual increase in the number of daily new cases and test positivity rate since the beginning of the month. As of yesterday, there have been 97 reported residents infected, and two deaths from COVID-19 in San Marino. As we approach the unfortunate milestone of 100 cases, it is especially important to remember exposure to the virus can happen very quickly and we need to do our part to slow the spread. Per the updated LA County Department of Public Health guidelines, an exposure can occur when you are within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. We can keep ourselves and those around us safe by wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding gatherings with those outside of your household.
Thank you for your patience and understanding with the closure of our City buildings and for continuing to help keep our community safe!
This year, door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to control physical distancing on porches and at front doors. For further information please refer to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidance for Celebrating Halloween at:
Please take a look at our Halloween activities below for some fun and safe ways to celebrate!
Overnight Parking Enforcement to Resume
Earlier this year when City facilities initially closed, enforcement of overnight parking restrictions was suspended. Starting December 1, the Police Department will begin issuing warnings for violations of overnight parking restrictions, with regular enforcement beginning January 2, 2021. As a reminder, parking is not allowed on City streets between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
OCTOBER 22, 2020 UPDATE
This year, Los Angeles County is encouraging voters to stay safe and vote using their Vote by Mail ballot. These ballots can be returned in the following ways:
- By mail – no postage is necessary.
- At any Vote by Mail Drop Box in the County. There is one in front of City Hall.
- At any Vote Center in the County. There will be one at Huntington Middle School.
- Wear a face covering while at the Vote Center or waiting in line. Face coverings and gloves will be available for voters if requested.
- Maintain physical distance of at least six feet from people not in your household. This will be enforced while waiting in line and throughout the check-in and voting process.
- Use hand sanitizer before approaching the check-in station and after voting. Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry and exit of the Vote Center. Hand sanitizer will also be available at key stations during the voting process.
- Bring your Sample Ballot and use the Interactive Sample Ballot to pre-mark selections to assist with check-in andhelp speed up the process.
- Follow any additional guidance provided at your voting location, such as directional signage.
OCTOBER 15, 2020 UPDATE
Updated Health Officer Order
Earlier this month, the State released updated guidance to allow private gatherings of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a face covering and keeps at least six feet of physical distance, food is in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering is two hours or less. Yesterday the County announced they will update their Health Officer Order today to align with the State's guidance.
Even though small gatherings will now be permitted, please remember that gathering with people from different households increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you choose to gather with other households, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends that you do so with the same households each time.
Any other type of gathering remains prohibited, even if outdoors. We are now up to 96 COVID-19 cases in San Marino. As restrictions ease, we ask that you continue to do your part to slow the spread of the virus. Please wear your face covering, maintain your distance from others, frequently wash your hands, and only gather with others under these strict guidelines.
Last month, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued guidance on how to celebrate Halloween safely during the pandemic. Although door-to-door trick or treating is not prohibited, it is not recommended for the following reasons:
- It can be very difficult to maintain proper physical distancing on porches and at front doors.
- It is difficult to ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked.
- Sharing food is risky.
Trunk-or treating, in which children go from car-to-car instead of door-to-door, is also not recommended for similar reasons. Except as outlined above, gatherings and parties with non-household members, as well as carnivals, festivals, live entertainment and haunted house attractions are prohibited.
Despite these restrictions, Halloween in San Marino can still be fun! Our Community Services Department has put together a variety of activities so that our community can celebrate safely. These include virtual Spooky Storytime, a Scavenger Haunt, Pumpkin Carving Contest, and a Howl O'Ween Pet Costume Contest. Please view our Fall Community Services Guide below for more information.
Reopening of the Playground at Lacy Park
Last week, Los Angeles County announced that playgrounds could reopen. We were pleased to reopen the playground at Lacy Park this past weekend! As with other reopenings, things will be a little bit different. The State and County have outlined specific requirements for the use of playgrounds. These rules are in place in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. You’ll find signs posted at the playground reminding you of all of the requirements, but here some changes to be aware of:
- Everyone 2 years of age or older should wear a face covering while at the playground. Caregiver supervision is required at all times to ensure face covering usage.
- No eating or drinking is allowed at the playground, to ensure face coverings are worn at all times.
- Caregivers are required to actively monitor their children and ensure that they maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others that are not part of their household.
- Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, or when the posted capacity limit has been reached.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after your visit to the playground.
- Visits should be limited to 30 minutes when others are in the playground.
- Stay home if you are sick with fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Elderly individuals and those persons with underlying medical conditions should be reminded to avoid the playground when others are present.
OCTOBER 1, 2020 UPDATE
LA County Announces New Reopenings
Yesterday Los Angeles County announced plans to allow the reopening of playgrounds and indoor operations of nail salons at 25% occupancy. Other openings they announced that do not directly impact San Marino include indoor malls at 25% occupancy and card rooms for exterior gaming only. The County will stagger the opening of these sectors over the next week, with nail salons permitted to open beginning today. As with other reopenings, they will provide comprehensive protocols that must be followed for each sector. Once the playground protocols are released, we will review them closely to determine when and how we can safely reopen the playground at Lacy Park.