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 look ahead and plan for recovery, as a nation, state, county and South Bay community.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. The guidelines include proposed state or regional gating criteria, core state preparedness responsibilities and a proposed phased approach. View the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again here.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the state’s Stay at Home Order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision:
- The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed
- The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19
- The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges
- The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand
- The ability for businesses, schools, and childcare facilities to support physical distancing
- The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the Stay at Home Orders, if necessary
Gov. Gavin Newsom also presented the Resilience Roadmap that includes the four stages for modifying the state's Stay at Home Order.
On May 4, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will be prepared to move into the early phase of Stage 2 of reopening on Friday, May 8 based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators. Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications. Other Stage 2 sectors such as offices, dine-in restaurants and shopping malls will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. View the State Reopening Roadmap Report Card here.
Los Angeles County considerations for recovery are consistent with that of the state. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health identified four measures that must occur in order to modify provisions in the Safer at Home Order and safely reopen certain businesses, institutions and public spaces. When the Safer at Home Order is relaxed, people will be around one another more and this will increase the risk and likely the rate of transmission and cases in the county.
- Ensure hospitals and primary care and specialty services capacity to care for people who are ill and for those who need routine health care.
- Ensure protections for vulnerable populations - especially the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, residents in institutional settings, people experiencing homelessness, and people with poor access to needed services and supports. This includes making sure that there are enough trained staff and personal protective equipment to appropriately manage care at institutional settings.
- Ensure capacity for testing, isolating, and quarantining individuals and for surveillance to prevent the spread of infection.
- Ensure capacity to maintain maximum physical distancing and infection control at all spaces and places where people interact with each other outside of their homes.
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.
Starting May 8, the following non-essential business can begin reopening for curbside pick-up with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols: bookstores, clothing stores, florists, music stores, sporting goods stores, toy stores and car dealership showrooms (open for sales with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols). The following outdoor parks and recreational facilities are open provided all activities adhere to distancing and infection control protocols:golf courses (not including pro-shops or dine-in restaurants), trails, trailheads and parks.
On May 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow all retailers that are not located in an indoor mall or shopping center to reopen for pickup and delivery only. Manufacturing, warehouses and logistic businesses that supply retail can reopen. Beaches can reopen for active recreation in addition to select recreational facilities. Local jurisdictions may also close streets to allow for greater physical distancing.
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.
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 for active recreation only. Read the Health Officer Order here. Beaches can reopen for active recreation including running, walking, swimming, surfing and individual/household activities and exercise. However, group sports, gatherings and activities like picnicking and sunbathing are not permitted. Beach goers must practice physical distancing and wear a cloth face covering when out of the water and around others. Piers remain closed. View the Reopening Protocol for Use of Public Beaches.
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