City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 4.29.20
To help keep the community informed, the City of Hermosa Beach is providing regular updates featuring the latest news about COVID-19; related local updates; and how the City is working to meet the needs of the community and protect public health.
Please Note: Hermosa Beach’s is now publishing updates Monday-Thursday. If there is urgent Hermosa Beach news over the weekend, the City will issue updates and share the news on its social media and website.
Today's updates include:
New Executive Order Waives Grocery Bag Fees; Reinforces Ordinances Prohibiting Consumption of Alcohol on Public Property: In response to concerns about the potential risk of COVID-19 infection from reusable grocery bags, the City of Hermosa Beach issued an executive order suspending the City’s ten cent paper bag fees. With many grocery stores requiring customers to use paper bags or bag their own groceries if they are using reusable bags, the California Grocers Association had requested the suspension to give stores the flexibility to make operational decisions based on public health concerns. The City’s executive order issued Monday also addresses takeout alcohol purchases, temporarily allowed under ABC regulations, requiring that any alcohol purchased is provided concurrently with food orders to reduce instances of customers consuming alcohol on public property while waiting for their food to be ready. This order restates current ordinances regarding the consumption of alcohol on or adjacent to the premises. Executive Order 2020-02 goes into effect immediately and will be placed on the CIty Council agenda for confirmation at their next meeting.
City Extends Encroachment Fee Relief: During last night’s City Council meeting, Council members voted to give restaurants extended relief from encroachment fees associated with patios and dining areas that utilize public property, like Pier Plaza, for as long as those businesses are not able to safely host outdoor dining under County public health orders. The previous action taken by Council on 3/24 had enacted that suspension of fees through 4/30. Once the County orders are eased, and everyone - businesses, City, and community - has an understanding of what business operations may look like under a new normal, there will be further Council discussion and action on the matter at that time.
Beach Cities Business Recovery Survey: The beach cities and affiliated chambers of commerce are asking businesses and community organizations to provide their input through a Business Recovery Survey for the beach cities to help identify and address the most pressing needs of South Bay businesses and organizations. This information will be shared with city, county and state officials to inform business recovery and resilience efforts in the beach cities.
ICYMI: City Manager’s Update on COVID-19 Response: During last night’s Virtual City Council Meeting, Hermosa Beach City Manager Suja Lowenthal provided a verbal update on the City’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Read the City Manager’s update.
Los Angeles County Update: In a press release today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 56 new deaths and 1,541 new cases of COVID-19. This is the highest number of new cases reported. To date, Public Health has identified 22,485 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,056 deaths. Testing capacity continues to increase in L.A. County, with testing results available for over 139,000 individuals and 14% of people testing positive. The County also reported a total of 23 COVID-19 diagnoses and two COVID-19 related deaths in Hermosa Beach. Additional details were not made available, and it is unclear when these deaths occurred.
State & Federal Updates
California’s Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience Presentation Published: Gov. Gavin Newsom published a presentation that lays out California’s Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience in detail and discusses how the state is planning its path forward in four stages based on six indicators determined by science, health and data.
More Than 1 Million U.S. COVID-19 Cases Reported: More than 1 million cases of COVID-19 and over 57,000 related deaths have been reported in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest data.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 23 | 2
- L.A. County - 22,485| 1,056
- California - 46,500 | 1,887
- United States - 1,005,147 | 57,505
*All reported data is from the close of the previous day.
Please continue to follow public health experts’ recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus including frequent handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, keeping a safe distance from one another, and staying home if you are ill. Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread: If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick. More information is available here.
We are monitoring updates and sharing information about the coronavirus from trusted sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
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