Coronavirus, Tonight's Council Meeting (3/16/20)

The City of West Hollywood is continuing to follow the lead of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), the California Department of Public Health (CA Public Health), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The City is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well-being. Based on public health recommendations from lead agencies and in an effort to safeguard public health and slow the rate of transmission of novel coronavirus, the City of West Hollywood is immediately implementing a series of immediate actions through June 30, 2020:

Events:
  • All non-essential events and meetings, including City-sponsored events, City co-sponsored events, and City-funded events -- as well as any events or filming that require a permit -- will be postponed or cancelled
  • Cancellations include the Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market
  • Christopher Street West will postpone all events related to LA Pride in West Hollywood, which had been scheduled in June 2020, and organizers will assess.
  • The City encourages postponement or cancellations for private gatherings that cannot accommodate space for social distancing of at least six feet per person;
  • The City encourages businesses in the community to develop plans to limit occupancy in order to encourage social distancing mindful of public health recommendations;
  • Gatherings of individuals who are at risk for severe illness from novel coronavirus, such as seniors and people with immunodeficiency or autoimmune disorders, should be limited to no more than 10 people (examples include people at senior centers, assisted living facilities, multi-unit housing buildings, and support groups for people with underlying medical conditions);

Public Meetings:

All public meetings, including Advisory Board and Commission meetings, will be cancelled unless the City determines there are essential business items to be discussed; the City Council meeting calendar is currently being reviewed and updates will be posted at weho.org/calendar

To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:

Recreation Programs:

The City of West Hollywood is immediately implementing the following actions regarding recreation programs for a one-week period through March 19, 2020 and the City will assess public health guidance during this period in order to extend cancellations, if necessary, in order to safeguard public health:

  • The West Hollywood Aquatic Center/Pool and all current Recreation programs and classes are cancelled immediately for a one-week period;
  • Tiny Tots and Tot Time recreation program will be closed
  • Childcare programs will remain open, but are subject to change based upon public health direction.
  • iTennis - All lessons and programs are cancelled  
  • Plummer Park/West Hollywood Park - No programs or facility reservations
  • Kings Road Park
  • Jewish Family Services

The City of West Hollywood will post updates on weho.org and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

Further, we are following state mandates. Today, Governor Newsom has directed the following (per the Sacramento Bee):

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday issued sweeping new restrictions in California, calling for home isolation of everyone in the state over age 65 and people with chronic disease, both high-risk populations.

He also asked for closure of bars, wineries, night clubs and brew pubs, and called for restaurants to reduce their occupancy by half. He called that “deep social distancing” and a “pragmatic response to the moment.”

The governor said restaurants can continue to operate; however, onsite at reduced capacity, and with curbside food service and at-home food deliveries. 

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Monday, March 16, at 6:30 PM, is our regular City Council meeting. 

We're advising our community members to take recommended precautions and exercise social distancing during the current COVID-19 public health emergency. However, we know it's important that we continue to encourage public input related to civic matters.

As such, we're providing a means for the public to submit comments related to our March 16th City Council meeting agenda electronically by visiting www.weho.org/councilagendas. All comments submitted before 8:00 p.m. on March 16th will be read aloud at the meeting. If you wish to comment on a Consent Calendar item, please try to email your comment by 6:30 p.m. so it can be read into the record during the Public Comment period. 

You can click here to get to the full agenda and attachments. The agenda includes an update from Public Safety and a discussion about how the City is dealing with the coronavirus disease. Staff is looking to table the public hearing on smoking, but please do check weho.org for the status.

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If you'd like to share your opinions on any items on the Agenda with the City Council or have questions, please email Council@weho.org. Otherwise, you can find me at lauren@meister4weho.com

For information on other Weho meetings and events, please visit the City Calendar.


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