Press Release: County Continues Safer at Home Public Health Order Until Further Notice (PDF)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Bruce Moe, City Manager
City of Manhattan Beach
George Gabriel, Senior Management Analyst
County Continues Safer at Home Public Health Order Until Further Notice
City Hall and City Facilities Remains Closed to Public
Remote Services Continue
Manhattan Beach, CA (May 14, 2020) – Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) issued a revised Order that continues the Safer at Home protocols and moves the County of Angeles into Stage 2 of the “Roadmap to Recovery. In accordance with the County Department of Public Health, residents and businesses of Manhattan Beach must continue to abide by the DPH Health Orders.
In summary, the Order states:
- Lower-risk retailers (as defined by the Public Health Order) may re-open for curbside, door-side, outside pickup, or delivery only;
- Manufacturing and logistic businesses that supply retail businesses can also re-open;
- Select recreational facilities including golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball courts, shooting and archery ranges, equestrian centers, bike parks, and community gardens may re-open.
- Public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit continue to be prohibited;
- Face coverings are required when in close contact with others who are non-household members in both public and private places; and
- An extension of the Order from the previous May 15 date until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
The City will announce details on the opening of the City’s tennis, paddleball, and pickleball courts on Friday, May 15.
The Order does not allow customers to enter stores, and requires businesses to comply with social (physical) distancing protocols. Before retail businesses, manufacturing and logistic businesses reopen, they are required to prepare, implement and post their plan for adhering to directives including distancing and infection control practices that protect both employees and customers. These protocols can be found on the County’s website.
This Order continues to require that specific higher-risk businesses remain closed until further notice. These businesses include, but are not limited to, bars that do not serve food, gyms, fitness centers, movie theatres, barbers, hair salons, nail salons, and museums.
The City has drafted a re-opening plan for City Hall and City Facilities that is intended to guide the COVID-19 re-opening process for applicable employees and customer serving spaces. City Hall and City Facilities remain closed to the public until further notice, but preparations for the re-opening transition are underway. The public is encouraged to utilize available online and remote services. These services can be found on the City’s website.
The State of California and County of Los Angeles are in the early stages of establishing a framework to adjust the Public Health Orders that allows businesses, organizations, facilities, and public spaces to reopen in a safe manner. While the City is looking forward to when the State and County reopen our local economy, the City cannot adopt any public health measures that conflict with the baseline of regulations required by the County or State. Therefore, the City must continue to follow the County Department of Public Health’s regulations and guidelines on how to reopen. As the City receives guidance from County and State officials, the City will continue to communicate that information to the public.