These are difficult times, and we are all feeling the strain. But we will get through this!
Safer At Home
As you may know, the Los Angeles County Department of Health, to combat the spread of COVID-19, has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of Los Angeles County to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.
Residents of Los Angeles County (that includes West Hollywood!) are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.”
The best way to reduce the risk of getting sick, or spreading the virus to others, is to stay at home! In addition...
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid groups (stay at least six feet away from others).
- When you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.
- Reduce the time you are around others outside the home, even when at least six feet away.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf or mask when you are outside the home.
For more information on the "Safer At Home" emergency order, click here.
Los Angeles County residents who are in high-risk categories are eligible for testing if they currently have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, trouble breathing, flu-like symptoms, and persistent pain or pressure in the chest. This includes individuals with symptoms who are 65 and older and/or have underlying health conditions including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic lung disease
- Moderate to severe asthma; or
- People who are immunocompromised, including as a result of cancer treatment
Los Angeles County residents are also eligible for testing if they are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period because they have been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have more than 7 days of the two-week quarantine period remaining.
LA County is opening new drive-up testing sites throughout Los Angeles County. To find out if you're eligible for testing, click here. For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
The City of West Hollywood is working hard to provide assistance to our residents and businesses. If you are a resident, a small business owner, or you work for a business in our city, please click here for information and resources that may apply to you. If you are a renter in our city, click here for information on the eviction moratorium urgency ordinance and rental assistance programs. If you are an older adult living in our city, click here for information and resources regarding social services, grocery store hours and accommodations, transit service updates, limited rental assistance, and more.
If you're on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, please follow @wehocity for updates. If you need assistance, please call Council offices at 323-848-6460, or email me at [email protected].
On Monday, April 6, at 6:30 pm, we will be holding a "virtual" (via videoconference) City Council meeting. You can clickhere to get to the full agenda and attachments. The agenda includes an update from staff about how the City is dealing with the coronavirus disease. Council and staff will also discuss ways we can better serve our community during this health crisis. There will be no public hearings.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order to provide options for Brown Act meetings in order to encourage public health recommendations for social distancing.
Members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the City Council may do so in several ways:
- TO PARTICIPATE BY PROVIDING AN E-COMMENT: Members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the City Council are strongly encouraged to visit www.weho.org/councilagendas and submit an E-Comment using this form by no later than 4:00 pm on the day of the Council meeting. *Note: E-Comments received by 4:00 pm will be forwarded to the City Council and posted on the City’s website as part of the official meeting record.
- TO PARTICIPATE BY PHONE: You are encouraged to Email [email protected] in advance of the City Council meeting, to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting. Please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling, and which item you would like to speak on. Dial-in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (the meeting begins at 6:30 pm) Dial-in: (669) 900-6833 Participant passcode: 899075038 then #. PLEASE MUTE YOUR PHONE UNTIL YOU ARE CALLED TO SPEAK. Comments from the public are limited to 2 minutes per speaker.
A number of you have brought up concerns regarding how we are dealing with homelessness, food access for those who can't leave their homes, COVID-19 testing, construction worker health and safety measures, pedestrian activated crosswalks, City parks, leaf blowers, use of plastic bags and volunteer opportunities (to name a few). I will make sure these issues are discussed on Monday.
If you'd like to share your opinions with me on any items on the agenda prior to the meeting, or if you have questions, you can find me at [email protected].
Remember, stay home, and be diligent about practicing social distancing. Also, if you can, please support our local West Hollywood restaurants. Many remain open and committed to helping our community by staying open for take-out and/or delivery. Click here for an updated list of WeHo businesses serving the West Hollywood community.
Last but not least, hang in there!
P.S. Please feel free to share with Weho friends and neighbors. #SaferAtHome #SpreadTheWord (not the virus!) #WehoCares
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