A note to our Hermosa Beach Businesses
We are all disappointed about the cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We know how important it is to our businesses, residents and visitors to the community.
We hope people will still come to our local businesses and restaurants over the weekend to celebrate and that our local businesses will benefit from those celebrations. We appreciate your patience and understanding and regret the inconvenience this cancellation may cause.
Cancelling the parade was a difficult decision for the City and the Chamber of Commerce. But cancelling or postponing large events is necessary to protect the public health: The public health experts are telling us that we must all work together to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As you may know, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that public health experts had concluded that all events of 250 or more people should be cancelled or postponed to slow the virus’ spread. His statement made it very clear that cancelling the parade was the prudent and responsible action to take.
The City has been closely monitoring our trusted sources of information about the coronavirus, including the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the county department has reported at least two cases of community spread of the virus in Los Angeles County. The Department is also saying we can expect more infections in the days ahead.
As a City and as members of this community, we need to do everything we can to slow that increase so that our health system has the capacity to treat those who are ill as well as serving others who need care for accidents, other diseases and conditions. That means we all may have to make some sacrifices to slow the virus’ spread so that all of us can be safe and have the health care we need.
We are conferring with other sponsors of large events in the City and anticipate other cancellations or postponements of events.
We ask that everyone take all the measures they can take to protect themselves and the public’s health. These include frequent handwashing, social distancing, staying home when you are ill and avoiding ill people. Thank you for your consideration and help in protecting public health.
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.