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As you may know, at our last City Council meeting (March 16, 2020), the City of West Hollywood proclaimed a local emergency due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The proclamation enhances the City of West Hollywood’s ability to access emergency resources at the state and federal level to assist with its novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response. You can read more about this here. In addition, Council also approved two related Urgency Items:
The first item approves a temporary moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent resulting from financial impact due to the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A Memorandum to the City Council with this Urgency Item and related draft Urgency Ordinance are available online here.
The second item approves emergency supportive services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and gives the City Manager authorization to direct a variety of services. A Memorandum to the City Council with this Urgency Item is available online here.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health has issued a “Safer at Home” Emergency Order to further combat the spread of COVID-19, 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 are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.
- Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
- Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
- Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
- Care or support a friend or family member
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community.
- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
- Help someone to get necessary supplies
YOU SHOULD NOT…
- Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
- Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
- Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility
Please note, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve as the lead agencies during this health crisis. Based on public health recommendations from lead agencies, and in an effort to safeguard public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Los Angeles County has ordered all bars, clubs, gyms, theatres, bowling alleys, arcades, and entertainment venues closed and restaurants are required to end dine-in service and provide take out or delivery service only. This includes the City of West Hollywood. For more information, click here.
Essential vs. Non-Essential Businesses:
The following are considered essential activities and may remain open during this state of emergency:
- City/County government services.
- Gas service stations, auto supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
- Health care operations, such as hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, labs, healthcare suppliers, veterinary care providers, mental health providers, cannabis dispensaries, etc. Healthcare operations does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.
- Food providers, such as supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, food banks, pet supply stores, restaurants offering take-out, delivery or drive-thru. No dine-in service.
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
- Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence and homeless services agencies).
- Gas service stations, auto supply, mobile auto repair operations, auto repair shops, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
- Hardware and building supply stores and nurseries.
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities.
- Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies.
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes.
- Laundromats/laundry service.
- Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services.
- Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities -- for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.
- Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
- Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained.
- Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking.
- Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order.
- Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children.
- Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children.
- Professional services, such as legal, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.
- Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
- Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers)
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the Order.
While there is no "dine-in service" allowed for restaurants at this time, many of our West Hollywood restaurants remain open and committed to serving our community through take-out and delivery. Click here for an updated list of WeHo businesses that are working to keep everyone fed.
The City of West Hollywood continues to respond to COVID-19 and has implemented the following actions (some through June 30, 2020) in regards to city facilities, city sponsored and co-sponsored events, all public meetings and all parks and rec programming. Here's the latest:
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We are all very concerned about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our community -- our families, our friends and neighbors, our businesses. We need to focus on staying healthy -- that means staying home for now and practicing social distancing.
People with no symptoms can spread novel coronavirus. The best way to stop the spread is to stay home. Please don't leave home except for essentials (groceries, medical attention, etc.).
Steps to protect your and your family’s health (taken from the CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website):
You can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak...