City of Hermosa Beach COVID-19 Update for 5.27.20
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.
Council Approves Process for Temporary Outdoor Retail and Dining: Hermosa Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to help local businesses meet Public Health Orders for physical distancing by establishing a process to allow the temporary expansion of restaurants and retail businesses onto adjacent outdoor property. This includes on-site parking, public sidewalks, Pier Plaza and some areas of street parking. Details of the Temporary Permit Program operational and design standards are provided in Executive Order 2020-05 signed by the City Manager today or on the City’s COVID-19 Business Resource webpage. Businesses interested in obtaining permission to temporarily utilize outdoor space should contact the Community Development Department (email@example.com) to discuss their proposal and obtain an application form.
A revised L.A. County Public Health Order issued Tuesday allows retail businesses to re-open for in-store shopping for up to 50% of their capacity once they have implemented the prevention protocols outlined in the County order. Restaurants are currently able to serve customers through take-out and delivery only, and are expected to be able to resume dine-in service as L.A. County enters the next stage of the re-opening process. The Council’s action gives them the ability to apply for permits now and be ready to take advantage of outdoor dining when L.A. County’s Public Health Officer allows restaurants to provide on-site dining.
New Business Resources Available: The City has updated its COVID-19 Business Resources Page on its website to provide the latest re-opening and recovery information from the state and L.A. County including guidance for different industries that can now re-open or may be permitted to re-open soon with safety protocols in place.
Clarifying County Health Order: To learn what is closed and open under the revised L.A. County Public Health Order issued yesterday, as well as the requirements for operating under the order, please see this Handout on What's Open.
City Manager Suja Lowenthal provided an update on the City’s COVID-19 response at last night’s City Council meeting. To see it, please visit this link on the City’s website and then click on “staff report.”
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 53 new deaths and 933 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 48,700 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,195 deaths. The County continues to report 29 COVID-19 diagnoses and 2 COVID-19 related deaths in Hermosa Beach.
State & Federal Updates
Governor Gives Update on Reopening Gyms & Fitness Businesses: In an online videoconference with fitness industry leaders today, Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed the topic of reopening California gyms and fitness businesses, saying that state guidelines for the reopening of gyms and other fitness operations that have been temporarily closed could be released “within a week or so.”
CDC Reports Antibody Tests May Be Wrong 50% of Time: In new guidance posted on its website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said antibody tests, which look for evidence of an immune response to infection and are used to determine if people have been infected in the past with COVID-19, might be wrong up to half the time.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 5.6 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and over 352,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 27, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 29 | 2
- L.A. County - 48,700 | 2,195
- California - 98,980 | 3,884
- United States - 1,678,843 | 99,031
*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.