City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.13.20
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.
Hermosa’s and L.A. County’s Beaches Reopen: Hermosa’s and all of L.A. County’s beaches reopened for active recreation uses today. The L.A. County Department of Public Health order issued today limited activities to active recreation that can be conducted individually including surfing, swimming, running and walking. The County’s order doesn’t permit beach chairs, umbrellas, picnicking and congregating in groups during this phase. The Pier and Strand also remain closed under the County Health order, though the Strand may be used to access the beach and ocean at designated locations.
Additional requirements while using the beach under the County public health order include keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance from non-household members, staying home if ill, washing hands and wearing cloth face coverings if in close proximity to others. The City asks all beachgoers to take responsibility for following the public health order to protect their health and the health of others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors has outlined a plan to gradually expand beach activities over time to include sunbathing and beach volleyball. The current plan calls for expanding activities in phases, with each phase lasting about six weeks. But the timing of each phase is expected to be based on how the public manages the current restrictions and whether or not the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remains manageable.
Parking Lot Modifications as Beach Reopens: In anticipation of the reopening of Hermosa’s beach today, the Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to modify Downtown parking lot access to support local businesses and help prevent a large influx of crowds that could increase the risk of spreading of COVID-19. The Council voted to close Parking Lot A, 1101 Hermosa Avenue, and to keep Parking Lot C, the three-level parking garage at 1301 Hermosa Avenue, closed. The Council also voted to provide a mix of employee, residential parking and 15-minute parking for people picking up food and other items from local businesses in these locations: Parking Lot B, 59 13th Court; Parking Lot D, located at Manhattan Avenue and 14th Street, and the 11th Street meters west of Hermosa Avenue.
2020-2021 Residential Parking Permits Required June 1: The City, which had extended the renewal period for the 2020-2021 residential parking permits because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue to honor 2019-2020 permits through May 31. On June 1, the 2019-2020 permits will no longer be valid. The City’s website has additional information about the residential parking permit program.
County Health Order Reopens Most Retail for Curbside Pickup: In a briefing today, L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced a revised health order advising that all retailers -- except for indoor malls and shopping centers -- can reopen for curbside pickup. The manufacturers and logistics businesses that supply those retailers will also be allowed to reopen. Ferrer noted that the amended order does not allow customers to enter stores, and businesses need to take several steps to ensure they are following public health protocols designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. She also announced that tennis courts, shooting and archery ranges, community gardens, bike parks, equestrian centers and more are authorized to reopen with public health protocols in place.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 47 new deaths and 1,264 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 34,428 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,659 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
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 4.3 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 295,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 13, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 25 | 2
- L.A. County - 34,428 | 1,659
- California - 71,141 | 2,934
- United States - 1,364,061 | 82,246
*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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