The City of West Hollywood is urging community members to continue to follow LA County Department of Public Health Safer At Home order and the California State Stay at Home order even as temperatures rise during the weekend. Stay home, stay hydrated, and avoid strenuous activity.
The city of warns that during the coronavirus crisis, heat poses an additional challenge for community members who may not have access to air conditioning. Due to the need to adhere to protocols for physical distancing, the City is unable to open its regular Cooling Center at Plummer Park during the coronavirus emergency.
If you feel symptoms of dehydration or heat cramps, such as dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst, call 911.
The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about the importance of following basic safety tips for coping with heat:
- Stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment, especially older adults. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going outside to a private shady area that has a breeze, such as a patio or courtyard – please be mindful of social distancing and wear a face covering to protect yourself and others;
- Remember to check on neighbors, family, and friends — especially older adults and people with health conditions — to make sure they are well. Take them extra water or a cool beverage, but maintain social distancing and wear a face covering;
- When out for essential needs such as groceries or medications, never leave anyone unattended in a closed vehicle, including pets! For more pet care tips visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov;
- Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to rest;
- Keep air conditioners set to 78 degrees or set fans to cool;
- Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat;
- Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower; and
- Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, televisions, and other electronics when not in use.
In addition, community members should avoid strenuous activity and stay mindful of physical signs of dehydration:
- If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, avoid strenuous activity to reduce heat-related illness;
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst;
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing;
- Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty;
- Avoid or reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise;
- When out for essential needs, seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen.
Heat can be dangerous, especially in direct sun. The City of West Hollywood urges community to continue to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. 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.
The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you have immediate concerns about the impact of hot weather on yourself or a loved one in the City of West Hollywood, the City’s Social Services Division may be able to coordinate assistance for community members who are older adults or are vulnerable to high-heat conditions. Please call (323) 848-6510 for information.
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, which remain in effect until May 15, 2020.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, parks, 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:
- Spectrum Channel 10 (in West Hollywood)
- AT&T U-verse Channel 99 (in Southern California)
- SmartTV Apps: AndroidTV; AppleTV; FireTV; and Roku
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)