City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.11.20
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.
Beach Re-opening on Wednesday for Active Recreation: Hermosa’s beach and all of L.A. County’s beaches will re-open to the public on Wednesday, May 13, for individual activities, which include swimming, surfing, walking, jogging and running. The L.A. County Department of Public Health is expected to amend its public health order to re-open the beaches with restrictions, which include prohibitions on sunbathing, picnicking, cycling, volleyball, congregating on the beach, beach umbrellas and coolers during this first phase of re-opening. The Department of Public Health has also indicated its amended public health order will require cloth face coverings when out of the water and near others.
Hermosa Beach’s Strand and Pier will remain closed during this first phase because the volume of activity can make physical distancing challenging to maintain. The sand and ocean may be accessed by crossing the Strand at designated access points. Hermosa Beach parking lots will be open with time limits to discourage all-day beach activity. For more information, please see the City’s press release.
HBPD Issued Citations Over Weekend for Beach Closure Violations: In response to feedback from our community and violations observed by officers that impact others’ quality of life, the Hermosa Beach Police Department (HBPD) issued numerous citations this weekend to people who violated the L.A. County public health order that closed Hermosa’s beach and all L.A. County beaches. The HBPD will continue to enforce the public health order that closed the beaches until Wednesday morning, when the beaches reopen for individual activities.
To-Go Drinks for Take-Home Consumption Only: With local restaurants providing alcoholic beverages along with take-out food orders, some customers have mistakenly believed that means they can drink in parks, on Pier Plaza and in other public spaces. Consuming alcoholic beverages in parks, Pier Plaza and other public locations is still prohibited, and the Hermosa Beach Police Department has issued several citations for drinking in public. Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed on private premises and never in a vehicle.
Community Reminder: Tomorrow’s City Council Virtual Meeting: A reminder that tomorrow night’s City Council meeting will be conducted via videoconference to comply with the governor’s Stay at Home Order. Items on the City Council Meeting Agenda include:
- discussion of tennis court use policies;
annual levy of sewer charge and engineer’s report;
next steps for preservation of ground floor retail and restaurant uses; and
discussion of a Hermosa Summer Streets program to temporarily create more space for pedestrians and people biking, and space for outdoor dining and retail on select streets and public right-of-ways.
The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow, May 12, and can be watched on local access channels or on the City’s Meeting and Agenda Webpage. For more information, please see the City Council Meeting Agenda. To submit public comments, visit the City’s eComment platform.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 39 new deaths and 591 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 32,258 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,569 deaths. The County continues to report 25 COVID-19 diagnoses and 2 COVID-19 related deaths in Hermosa Beach. Additional details were not made available, and it is unclear when these deaths occurred.
State & Federal Updates
Governor Signs Executive Order to Automatically Send Voters a Vote-By-Mail Ballot During COVID-19: To protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to ensure every registered voter in the state is automatically mailed a ballot for the November presidential election. Californians who may need access to in-person voting opportunities will still be able to access in-person voting opportunities.
Western States Pact Including California Requests $1 Trillion in Federal Aid: In a letter to Congressional leadership today, governors and legislative leaders from five western states requested $1 trillion in direct and flexible relief to states and local governments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to preserve core government services like public health, public safety and public education, and help people get back to work.
Governor Extends Deadlines Impacted By COVID-19: Gov. Gavin Newsom extended some critical deadlines for project inspectors, fire marshals, public notaries, peace officers and others impacted by COVID-19 over the weekend. For more information, see the Governor’s executive order.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 4.1 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 285,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 11, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 25 | 2
- L.A. County - 32,258 | 1,569
- California - 67,939 | 2,770
- United States - 1,324,488 | 79,756
*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.
Information regarding 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.