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Press Release | Hermosa Beach's Large Events, Senior Center and Community Programs Planned in March Will be Postponed, Cancelled, or Closed to Protect Public Health

Post Date:03/12/2020 8:00 PM

City of Hermosa Beach Announces Scheduling Changes in Response to Governor’s and Public Health Experts’ Recommendations to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – The City of Hermosa Beach announced today that it is postponing, canceling or restricting non-essential large public events, senior and community programs, as well as limiting public access to some City facilities during the month of March to comply with the recommendations of Gov. Gavin Newsom and public health experts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

All non-essential events on City property expected to draw 250 or more people in March will be rescheduled or cancelled. Events on City property expected to draw fewer than 250 people in March will be asked to demonstrate that they will comply with the Governor’s recommendations that participants be kept at least 6 feet apart; if they cannot do so, those events will be rescheduled or canceled.

The City offers a wide range of senior and community programs. All non-essential classes and programs will be canceled beginning Saturday morning. Additionally, the City will close the Hermosa Five-0 Senior Center on Friday morning and postpone a planned bus excursion to Santa Barbara on Saturday. For a complete list of cancellations, please see the list on the City’s website page.

“We regret that these actions are necessary, but our first responsibility is to ensure the safety of our community,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell. “With all of us working together and taking collective responsibility for slowing the spread of coronavirus, we will be best-positioned to protect public health and help to ensure that our local clinics and hospitals have the capacity needed to care for those who may become critically ill from the COVID-19 virus as well as other medical conditions.”

As long as Hermosa Beach schools are in session, the City plans to continue the P.A.R.K. After-School Program. Access to the Community Center, Community Theatre, Gymnasium, Second Story Theatre and Clark Building during March will be limited to City staff and those attending meetings in those buildings. At this time, City Hall will remain open, but the public is encouraged to phone, email or go online to complete tasks or reach City staff before coming to City Hall.

City Council and City Commissions and Boards plan to meet as scheduled in March, but the City will take measures to protect the health of the public and members of these panels, including limiting access to Council Chambers to City staff and City Council and City Commission and Board members. All such meetings will continue to be broadcast on local cable channels and online at the City website. The public will continue to be able to provide input to City Council, Commissions and Boards in writing, by telephone and through the City’s e-comment system. Additionally, the Council Chambers lobby will remain open, and the public will have the ability to listen to and make public comments at City Council, Commission and Board meetings.

The City is taking these actions in response to Gov. Newsom’s announcement Wednesday night that the state’s public health experts have determined that non-essential gatherings should be postponed or cancelled across the state until at least the end of March. The governor said non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can ensure the implementation of social distancing between persons of 6 feet minimum.

In addition, the Governor said that gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following the recommended social distancing guidelines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people at higher risk of getting very sick are people over the age of 60 and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. Numerous other Southern California cities have taken similar actions, including Los Angeles, Pasadena and Malibu.

“We recognize these measures create hardship,” said City Manager Suja Lowenthal. “The City is following our trusted sources of information to protect public health. We will revisit these measures on an ongoing basis to resume normal operations as soon as possible.”

The City is monitoring updates and sharing information about the coronavirus from trusted sources, such as the CDC, California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Information regarding the coronavirus is changing frequently, and the City will provide the latest information about COVID-19 and links to resources on its website.  To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotifications, public safety alerts or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hermosa Beach

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources.

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