City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.21.20
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 Beach Strand to Re-open Saturday Morning: With Los Angeles County’s beach bike paths re-opened Thursday, the Hermosa Beach City Council held a special meeting Thursday night and voted to re-open the City’s beachfront Strand walkway and bike path beginning 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Staff will remove barricades during the day Friday. The Council voted unanimously to keep Downtown Hermosa Beach parking lots either closed or with limited opening for permit holders and temporary 15 minute parking spaces and gave City Manager Suja Lowenthal the authority to create additional short-term parking spaces and employee parking to serve local businesses.
Memorial Day Weekend Beachgoers Asked to #BeachResponsibly: The City asks anyone heading to the beach in Hermosa Beach this weekend to practice personal responsibility by complying with the COVID-19 public health orders and local ordinances. While public health orders have been amended to allow active recreation at the beach, they still require everyone to avoid gatherings, maintain at least six feet of physical distance from non-household members, stay home when ill, wash hands often and wear a cloth face cover when out of the water and near others. Beach activities are limited to active recreation, which include swimming, surfing, walking and running. Group sports and activities, like volleyball, are slated to return in a future phase of beach activities. To reduce crowding and discourage all day beachgoers, beach chairs, coolers and beach umbrellas also are not allowed during this phase of beach activities.
Existing Alcoholic Beverage and Fireworks Restrictions Continue: Restaurants have been provided temporary relief to sell take-out alcoholic beverages with food purchases to customers. But these can only legally be consumed at home or in another private setting – not on Pier Plaza, in the parks or the beach. All ordinances prohibiting drinking alcoholic beverages in public, underage drinking, driving under the influence and public intoxication remain in effect. All fireworks – including “safe and sane” fireworks – are illegal in Hermosa Beach, and their use is subject to fines and confiscation. In addition, cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to be cautious as they travel along the Strand and local streets over the Memorial Day weekend because of the increase in traffic that is expected with a three-day holiday weekend.
L.A. County Passes 2,000 Deaths: In a briefing today, Los Angeles County health officials announced 46 new coronavirus-linked fatalities Thursday, pushing the region’s death toll from COVID-19 past 2,000.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 46 new deaths and 1,204 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 42,037 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,016 deaths. The County reported one additional case of COVID-19 in Hermosa Beach today, bringing the City’s total numbers to 28 COVID-19 diagnoses and 2 COVID-19 related deaths. Additional details were not made available, and it is unclear when these deaths occurred.
State & Federal Updates
Governor Newsom Hosts Film Industry Roundtable: Governor Gavin Newsom today hosted a digital roundtable with Californians who work in the film and television industry to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, how they are adapting their workplaces and what opportunities they see to reinvent their businesses. To rewatch the Digital Roundtable, visit the Governor’s Youtube page.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 5 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 330,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 21, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 28 | 2
- L.A. County - 42,037 | 2,016
- California - 86,197 | 3,542
- United States - 1,551,095 | 93,061
*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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