City of West Hollywood COVID-19 Update: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Order Further Eases Restrictions for Certain Businesses and Activities
The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about the revised Health Officer Order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which will further ease restrictions on certain businesses and activities and move the County of Los Angeles into Stage 3 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap. The revised June 11 Health Officer Order Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 is available on the LA County Public Health website at http://ph.lacounty.gov/coronavirus.
The Order allows the following sectors to re-open:
- Gyms and fitness facilities;
- Professional sports without live audiences;
- Day camps;
- Museums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums;
- Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation;
- Music, film, and television production; and
- Hotels, lodging, and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel.
The Order permits businesses in the City of West Hollywood that fall within these categories to begin operating once LA County Public Health COVID-19 protocols have been met.
The City of West Hollywood’s Film Office is currently reviewing LA County Public Health guidance regarding music, film, and television production. The City will not issue permits for production until on or after July 1, 2020. Updates will be posted at www.weho.org/film as they are available.
The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division is maintaining plans for virtual Summer Day Camp as part of its #WeRecAtHome programming that prioritizes health, well-being, and social (physical) distancing. Updates will be posted at www.weho.org/camps as they are available and community members can learn about virtual recreation programs at www.weho.org/recreation.
The revised June 11 LA County Public Health Order follows a revised May 29 Order to announce that hair salons and barbershops may reopen and that in-person dining in restaurants may resume with safeguards. A revised May 26 Order announced standards for safe and swift reopening to permit: All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers to open for business at 50-percent capacity; Faith-based organizations to resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25 percent of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower; Flea markets, swap meets, and drive-in movie theaters to resume operations; and pools, hot tubs, and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association to open. LA County Public Health also previously approved the reopening of office worksites while encouraging employees to work from home when possible, noting that businesses must meet protocols for safe reopening.
The following types of businesses and organizations remain closed or prohibited at this time in accordance with the LA County Public Health Order: Bars, winery and brewery tasting rooms, lounges and nightclubs; Public entertainment venues: movie theatres, live performance theatres, concert venues, theme parks, and festivals; Family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys, arcades, miniature golf, and batting cages; Personal care establishments including nail salons, body waxing, massage, and body art establishments; indoor and outdoor playgrounds for children except those located within a school or childcare center; and hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas not located on a residential property. In addition, public and private gatherings of people outside of a single household unit are not permitted except for protests and faith-based services.
Businesses that are reopening may visit the LA County Public Health website to download the revised Health Officer Order, and to download detailed Protocols, by sector, to ensure adherence to Public Health guidelines:
- Appendix A: Protocol for Social Distancing
- Appendix B: Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for In-Person Shopping
- Appendix C: Reopening Protocol for Warehousing, Manufacturing and Logistic Establishments
- Appendix D: Protocols for Office Worksites
- Appendix E: Protocols for Shopping Center Operators
- Appendix F: Protocol for Places of Worship
- Appendix G: Protocol for Vehicle-Based Parades or Drive-Thru Events
- Appendix H: Reopening Protocol for Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Appendix I: Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining
- Appendix J: Reopening Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production
- Appendix K: Reopening Protocol for Day Camps
- Appendix L: Reopening Protocol for Gyms and Fitness Establishments
- Appendix M: Reopening Protocol for Museums, Galleries, Zoos and Aquariums
- Appendix N: Protocol for Professional Sports Leagues and Facilities Opening for Training Sessions and Spectator-Free Events
- Appendix O: Reopening Protocol for Campgrounds, RV parks and Cabin Rental Units
- Appendix P: Reopening Protocol for Hotels, Lodging and Short-Term Rentals
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While Los Angeles County is allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and activities, coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 disease remain a serious risk.
When in public, community members should maintain your space with social (physical) distancing of at least six feet, and cover your face to adhere to City requirements for the use of face coverings. Face coverings are not required for young children under two-years-old; children between two- and eight-years-old should only wear face coverings with adult supervision; and people with certain medical conditions are exempt from this requirement. Public Health officials recommend cloth face coverings so that medical-grade and N95 masks may be prioritized in the supply chain for healthcare workers and first responders.
The City encourages residents to remain home as much as is practical and limit close contact with others outside of a household. Additionally, people 65 years old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain at home whenever possible; people in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise, or obtain food or other necessities.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. Most public City buildings, playgrounds, parks, and facilities remain 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.
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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) www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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.
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