We know residents are eager for things to get back to normal – but it’s not that time yet. Continue to do your part – especially by staying home as much as possible and practicing physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering if you must go out – so that we can keep our most vulnerable populations and community safe. Let’s do it for our friends, essential workers who are staffing our grocery stores and delivering our food, our older neighbors who live down the street. Together, we will make it to the other side.
While we continue to stay the course to slow the spread of COVID-19, we plan for recovery, as a nation, state, county and South Bay community.
On August 28, the State revised their recovery roadmap and created an updated, color-coded Tier Framework that classifies each county based on their daily case rate and positivity rate. This tiered system will guide possible sector reopenings for each county to consider. View the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Although the State lists permitted activities in each Tier, it is important to note that the County may be more restrictive than State guidance. The ultimate decisions about sector reopenings will remain under the purview of the local Health Officer Orders that are developed in consultation with the Board of Supervisors.
For more information on the state's recovery plan, visit covid19.ca.gov.
Roadmap to Recovery
On May 6, LA County issued their five-stage roadmap to recovery that describes a phased approach to relaxing select directives of the Safer at Home Order and a reopening process for certain business sectors. View the presentation here.
Until stage five is reached, Health Officer Orders and directives will continue to ensure that we slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities. Physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, frequent hand washing, self-isolation and self-quarantine will continue to be very important throughout the foreseeable future. People who have underlying health conditions will still be at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it will continue to be very important for the County's vulnerable residents to stay at home as much as possible. These are the metrics to guide reopening in LA County.
For the most recent Health Officer Order, visit bchd.org/covidupdates.
Beach Cities Health District is following guidance from the state and county to inform our plans for recovery here in the Beach Cities. Beach Cities Health District, the mayors from Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and El Segundo joined Los Angeles District 4 Supervisor Janice Hahn on a conference call on Friday, April 17 to discuss plans for recovery in the South Bay once the Health Officer Order is lifted.
Using Gov. Gavin Newsom’s six critical indicators as a framework and keeping the health and well-being of residents as top priority, Beach Cities Health District created a phased recovery plan for the Beach Cities. The following are thresholds or triggers that need to happen for us to move into the next phase of recovery:
- Sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days
- Widespread testing and contact tracing
- Ability of our healthcare system to handle surges
We are following the lead of the state and county to determine when it is safe for us to resume events and reopen our facilities to the public including our Center for Health & Fitness, AdventurePlex, and administrative offices at 514 N. Prospect and Del Amo.
On May 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow beaches to reopen with restrictions. Read the Health Officer Order here. Beach goers must practice physical distancing and wear a cloth face covering when out of the water and around others. View the Reopening Protocol for Use of Public Beaches to see what's allowed.
Beach Responsibly: As our beaches begin to reopen, we all have a shared role and responsibility to use the beach safely and respectfully. How we manage the beach reopening today will affect how we move forward with keeping the beaches open as LA County moves through the phases of the roadmap to recovery.
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For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response - covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response - covid19.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization