City of West Hollywood Update: LA County ‘Safer At Home’ Order Allows for a Staged Approach to Reopening with Safeguards in Place
The City of West Hollywood is committed to providing regular updates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced the next stage of a multi-phased re-opening plan, which will begin today on Friday, May 8, 2020. This means that certain retailers and other low-risk businesses throughout LA County, including in the City of West Hollywood, will be permitted to re-open with limited operations and appropriate safeguards such as physical distancing, face coverings, and sanitization protocols.
Details are available on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website, where a ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ document is available, which provides information about stages and protocols for re-opening throughout the region: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/RoadmapToRecovery.pdf. Additionally, the website has downloadable information for retail establishments with checklists regarding workplace policies and practices to protect public health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening-Retail.pdf.
Retailers and other low-risk businesses permitted to reopen for curbside pick-up while adhering to physical distancing include: florists, toy stores, book stores, clothing stores, music stores, and sporting goods stores. Curbside pick-up may include drive-up and walk-up options. In addition, car dealership showrooms will be permitted to open for sales with physical distancing and infection control protocols in place. The City urges community members to call or visit websites for retailers in order to confirm details that may vary from business to business and to clarify order and pickup instructions.
“We all know what to do to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic: by maintaining social distance and wearing our face coverings, we are making a difference,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Today, as the County eases some restrictions, we must be vigilant in our collective fight against the virus. Continue to keep yourselves and others safe. Together, we will get through this.”
Schools, dine-in restaurants, and malls are not included in the Los Angeles County reopening phase at this time and personal services, such as hair salons and gyms/fitness studios, are not permitted to open at this time. Other non-essential businesses not included in the current phase of the County’s Five-Step Roadmap to Recovery must continue to adhere to closure orders.
All other City of West Hollywood closures, including all parks, dog parks, and City facilities, remain in effect per a City Emergency Executive Order.
In order to keep the community safe and healthy, the City continues to urge community members to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Despite phased reopening, the City advises residents to leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals. For the foreseeable future, healthy habits such as frequent hand-washing and additional sanitation measures are important steps in health and safety. The City of West Hollywood will continue to prioritize public health as public health officials support efforts to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections.
The City has developed tools and resources to assist businesses and workers affected by the coronavirus crisis and the City has produced a toolkit for businesses. Information is available on the City's website at www.weho.org/coronavirus where there are links to small business resources.
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Home orders. Full text of the Resolution proclaiming a Local Emergency is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44141.
West Hollywood City Hall remains closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:
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For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendar and news archive at www.weho.org/news. To receive urgent updates to your phone by text and to your email, text your ZIP code to 888-777.
For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or email@example.com.
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.