City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.26.20
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.
Memorial Day Weekend Recap: With the beach and The Strand open for active recreation this past weekend, Hermosa Beach was busy. The City would like to thank the majority of community members who used the beach responsibly this past weekend by avoiding gatherings, keeping their distance from others and carrying and wearing cloth face coverings when in close proximity to others. Hermosa Beach Police Department (HBPD) was prepared for the three-day holiday weekend with additional officers on duty and security guards, who helped the police educate the public about the Public Health Officer’s Order requiring physical distancing and avoiding congregating. The City is also providing a friendly reminder that while restaurants have been temporarily allowed to sell to-go drinks, they are for home consumption only. Laws prohibiting open containers of alcohol and drinking in public places - including Pier Plaza, at the beach, in parks or in any other public place - have not changed. The City continues to work with business establishments to ensure public understanding and compliance with the current regulations on take-home beverages.
Revised Public Health Order Issued to Allow Additional Activities with Safety Protocols Implemented: L.A. County's Public Health Officer modified the Public Health Order on Tuesday to allow additional activities to resume once physical distancing and other requirements designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 are met. Examples of activities now permitted under the changes enacted today, once the owner, manager, or operator prepares, implements, and posts the re-opening protocols provided by LA County Public Health include:
- Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
- All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.
- Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.
- Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.
The order emphasizes that physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings and other safety protocols must be implemented prior to businesses reopening and observed as the recovery progresses. Guidance provided by the County includes:
- Re-opening Protocol for Retail Establishments - LA County
- Re-Opening Protocol for Office Worksites - LA County
- Industry Guidance for Places of Worship - State of California (LA County Protocol forthcoming)
Street Sweeping Enforcement Resuming: Sweeping Hermosa Beach’s streets is essential to the health and safety of the community and to ocean water quality. The City suspended street sweeping enforcement at the start of the public health emergency. As a result, vehicles have remained parked on many of the City’s streets, and the street sweepers have not been able to get to the curb, where most of the dirt, trash and debris accumulates. To ensure the streets are properly cleaned, the City will resume street sweeping enforcement on June 1. Initially, the City will be issuing warnings to vehicles parked in street sweeping zones. But the City will transition to citations on June 15 for vehicles parked in street sweeping zones.
Update from Beach Cities Health District: Staff from the Beach Cities Health District provided an update during tonight’s City Council meeting on the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts here in the beach cities - including statistics on cases, testing, and business recovery survey responses. You can review the presentation from Beach Cities Health District on the City’s website.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 27 new deaths and 1,843 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 47,822 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,143 deaths. The County reported one additional case of COVID-19 in Hermosa Beach today, bringing the City’s total numbers to 29 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
Guidance Provided for Hair Salons and Barbershops by the State, Pathway to Re-open Provided for Select California Counties: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a briefing today that additional guidance is now available for hair salons and barbershops, and that public health officials counties that have met the State's re-opening metrics may modify orders to move into Phase 3 of California’s Pandemic Roadmap, which would allow the re-opening of hair salons and barbershops. To date, Newsom said 47 out of 58 California counties had met the state’s regional standards, which does not yet include LA County.
New York Stock Exchange Reopens Trading Floor: According to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) website, today marks the first day of the physical reopening of the NYSE trading floor with social distancing and other safety measures implemented following its temporary closure two months ago in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Suspends Entry Into the U.S. From Brazil: President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry into the U.S. for any individual who has been in Brazil within 14 days immediately preceding their attempt to enter the United States.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 5.5 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and almost 350,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 26, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 29 | 2
- L.A. County - 47,822 | 2,143
- California - 96,733 | 3,814
- United States - 1,662,414 | 98,261
*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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