City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.20.20
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.
Special Meeting of the City Council Scheduled for Thursday Evening to Discuss Strand and Parking: The Mayor of Hermosa Beach has called a special meeting of the Hermosa Beach City Council for 6:30 p.m. Thursday for the specific purpose:
- Consideration of modification of the City’s Emergency Order in response to COVID-19 Pandemic pertaining to the Strand and City off-street and on-street parking facilities.
The meeting agenda can be reviewed and the meeting watched on local access channels or on the City’s Meeting and Agenda Webpage. This will be a virtual meeting and public comments will be accepted until 4:00 PM on the meeting date. To provide public comment, please email email@example.com to be added to the speaker list. Then please call in 10 minutes prior to the meeting by dialing (833) 548-0282 and providing meeting ID: 824 0623 4999.
Hermosa Launches New Economic Development Committee: In a press release today, Hermosa Beach announced the formation of a new Economic Development Committee comprised of City Councilmembers and Planning Commissioners as part of their ongoing efforts to assist the community’s COVID-19 economic recovery. The Committee will initially focus on economic recovery efforts and will begin meeting June 1. It will seek input from the community and local businesses to develop and implement recovery programs as public health orders are amended. Business owners can share their interest in serving on the stakeholder group by completing a short interest form.
Hermosa One Spring Fest: In response to the cancellation of Fiesta Hermosa, the volunteers and organizers at HermosaOne have launched HermosaOne Spring Fest from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Spring Fest is a virtual local festival highlighting local bands, musicians, shops, restaurants, bars, artists, breweries, nonprofit organizations, leaders and more. It can be accessed at HermosaOne.com.
Beach Cities Meal Delivery Resources: Beach Cities Health District has created a website dedicated to providing Beach Cities residents with resources to help them access food during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Reminder - Parking Permit Renewals: As a friendly reminder to residents within the parking permit district, the City will continue to honor expired 2019-2020 parking permits through May 31. On June 1, the 2019-2020 permits will no longer be valid and a current 2020-21 permit will be required to be displayed on your vehicle. The City’s website has additional information on how to obtain or renew your residential parking permit.
L.A. County Economic Resilience Task Force Established: To help safely plan for the reopening of our local economy during COVID-19, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has appointed 39 local business and cultural leaders to the L.A. County Economic Resiliency Task Force to guide the County’s safe reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the Task Force, see the County’s release.
County Antibody Test Update: The County announced in a press release that one thousand and fourteen LA County adults were tested between May 8 and May 12 using serology testing. Based on results of the second round of testing, the research team estimates that approximately 2.1% of the County's adult population has antibody to the virus. While the County stated that these results suggest there was “not much spread of the virus in the general community population” since April, lead investigator Neerad Sooj stated that “We’re still far away from herd immunity or the end of the epidemic. We need to look at a longer time horizon when evaluating policy decisions.”
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 57 new deaths and 1,324 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 340,857 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,970 deaths. The County reports 28 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
New Temporary Rules for Restaurants Selling Alcoholic Beverages during COVID-19 Restrictions: The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued new temporary rules for restaurants selling alcoholic beverages during COVID-19. The temporary rules provide a process that would allow for consumption of the alcoholic beverages on adjacent property – such as parking lots owned by a restaurant, or adjacent public property if authorized by the public agency. The amended regulations require each restaurant to submit a Temporary COVID-19 Catering Authorization application, provide diagrams of the adjacent areas where they will serve the food and drink, and pay the applicable fees. The department must then approve the application for alcoholic beverages to be consumed on-site when on-site dining is allowed under applicable County public health orders.
All 50 States Have Partially Reopened: According to CNN, all 50 states have at least partially reopened during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Almost 5 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 327,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 20, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 28 | 2
- L.A. County - 40,857 | 1,970
- California - 84,057 | 3,436
- United States - 1,528,235 | 91,664
*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 our website. To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotifications, public safety alerts or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.