LA County’s Temporary Safer at Home Public Health Order is Now in Effect

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    The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced a new Temporary Targeted Health Officer Safer at Home Order as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. Individuals are advised to stay home, except to travel to and from essential businesses and activities. A summary from LA County Public Health identifies specific changes required by the Order: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

    New COVID-19 cases are rising at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continues to increase. The Safer at Home Order went into effect on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until at least 11:59 p.m. on December 20, 2020, and may be extended. Community members are advised to stay home as much as possible except for essential activities and to always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others.

    Additional revisions in the LA County Public Health Order include:

    • Gatherings: All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited, except for faith-based services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.
    • Closed non-essential businesses/activities: To adhere to the LA County Public Health Order, playgrounds at Plummer Park and West Hollywood Park have been closed.

    This new Order follows restrictions that went into effect on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars may only offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. In-person dining is currently not allowed. LA County Reopening Protocols, a COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, the Roadmap to Recovery, and additional guidance is available on the LA County Public Health website at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

    There a concurrent State of California Limited Stay at Home Order, which became effective in counties (such as Los Angeles County) under Tier One (Purple) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 10 p.m. and will last through Monday, December 21, 2020, at 5 a.m. and may be extended or revised as needed. The Order requires that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.

    The State of California has, additionally, issued a Travel Advisory urging Californians to stay home or in the region and to avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries and urges visitors entering California or returning home from travel outside California to self-quarantine to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    To respond to an increase in the number residents who will be staying at home at this time, the City of West Hollywood has suspended the following parking regulations until December 21, 2020: Permit parking enforcement on all residential streets; Street sweeping enforcement; and AM/PM peak hour enforcement on Fountain Avenue. Safety violations will continue to be enforced. Please contact the Parking Violations Bureau at (800) 687-2458 with all citation related questions.

    New restrictions have been issued as a response to the recent substantial rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The LA County Public Health Officer expects both the number of new cases and hospitalizations to continue to rapidly increase. Without rapid public health interventions, continued and substantial increases in both cases and hospitalizations will stress the healthcare system. This stress will limit the availability of Intensive Care Unit beds for non-COVID-19 hospitalizations. Public Health officials also report that “Coronavirus Fatigue” may translate to apathy and resistance to health and safety warnings, such as recommendations for wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols.

    Public Health officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are concerned that people who are not exhibiting symptoms may unknowingly infect others including parents, grandparents, and friends and family who have underlying health conditions and who are at greater risk for serious illness and death.

    The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus.

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