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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

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Last updated July 1, 2020

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As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the City of Manhattan Beach will continue to provide updates. Information regarding the coronavirus is changing frequently.

Below are the frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19's impact on the City of Manhattan Beach and what the City is doing to help its residents.

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General Questions

The City has adopted several ordinances and resolutions in response to the Local State of Emergency to protect consumers, protect tenants from evictions, closing non-essential businesses, places of worship, and limiting social gatherings:

Can my business re-open?
Is the City administering Coronavirus tests?
When will programs and events restart?
Does the City determine whether schools remain open?
Does the City have a health department?
What can I do to help?
I have been confirmed with COVID-19. I am stuck at home and need help. What can you do to help me?
I am unwell but have not been confirmed with COVID-19, what should I do? Will I have access to testing?
What if I want to host a relief event or gather donation goods to help people out? Can I assemble for that?
What is the status construction activity in the City?
What do I do if I see a business violating safety/health protocols?
Can I visit the pier, parks and other City facilities?
What does “safer at home” mean and how should that impact my behavior?
I heard that Dockweiler Beach RV Park is going to be a quarantine area. Is that true and what does it mean? Who will be quarantined there?

Status of Strand, Bike Path, and Beach Activities 

What activities are allowed on the beach?
What activities are not allowed on the beach?
When will the bike path reopen?
Is the Strand re-opened?
Why are the beach volleyball nets gone? Can I use my own net?
Are the bathrooms open?
Are the beach parking lots, such as El Porto, Bruce’s Beach and the Pier open?

 Older Adult

These questions are for individuals ages 55+ or who are caring for older/at-risk individuals. 
I need to obtain groceries, medicine, or (other items of necessity), but given the guidance to self-isolate because of the COVID-19/coronavirus, what do I do?
What services are available to help older adults?

Home Owner/Renter & Eviction Moratorium

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City took measures to assist residential and commercial renters to address the increased risk of housing displacement, loss of income, homelessness, and severe illness or death for many people in the City of Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas. Two Ordinances adopted by the City Council recently are indicated below as well as frequently asked questions related to the moratorium.

Summary of Ordinances
I am being evicted, how will the City help me?
I won’t make my rent payment this month, how do I prevent my landlord from kicking me out?
My landlord says the rule does not apply to my eviction, is that true? It depends on whether your eviction is related to a demonstrated loss of income due to coronavirus. In order for the ordinance
Is there an expiration date for the City’s eviction ordinance?
Does the County’s eviction moratorium apply to Manhattan Beach?
When is the effective date of the ordinance?
Which is broader, the state emergency regulations of evictions or the City’s eviction ordinance?
Should Code Enforcement or the Police Department be called if there is a violation of the City's ordinance?
Does the City’s eviction ordinance include a “no harassment” clause?
Does the City’s eviction ordinance define "unlawful detainer”? Is a landlord allowed to simply “lock out” a tenant?

Business Owners

The City has adopted several ordinances and resolutions in response to the Local State of Emergency to protect consumers, protect tenants from evictions, closing non-essential businesses, places of worship, and limiting social gatherings.
I see that there is increased flexibility in regard to signage for my business. What can I do now?
I am a _____ business. I believe I am essential to the community and must continue operating. Are you going to shut me down?
I am running low on available stock in a product we typically sell, and normally increase prices to adjust to demand. Can I do this without violating the new ordinance?
My business is going to be financially impacted by closure due to the emergency of COVID-19, what steps is the City taking to assist me? What can I do?
Do the eviction restrictions apply to commercial leases, too?
What do I do if I see a business not following safety/health protocols?
I saw a store increase the price of a product, how do we stop them?
My contractor has now increased my quote by XX% after the initial proposal. This seems crazy, how can I force them to stick to their near original price?
My motel/hotel rates just jumped XX%, and I can’t afford to stay in my motel/hotel anymore. How can you help me?

If you don't find the answer you're looking for below, please visit:

County of Los Angeles Public Health FAQ 

Center for Disease Control FAQ 

For questions on the implementation of the County’s Order and new City measures related to addressing COVID-19, please email the City's COVID-19 Task Force.