The City Urges Community Members to follow LA Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order

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    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Home Order today, which is scheduled to go into effect tonight, Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59pm. The Order is an effort to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The City of West Hollywood is in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County, therefore The City is urging community members to immediately follow the LA County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order.

    The purpose of the Safer at Home Order is to further restrict and limit the gathering of persons and require the closure of malls, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses in an effort to stem and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region. Grocery stores, restaurants offering delivery and pickup, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Details and information are in the Order is accessible at the Public Health website [PDF]

    For additional information about coronavirus and the Safer at Home order that was implemented by California Governor Gavin Newsom, visit? https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

    “Our County public health officials and our state elected leaders, tonight, are delivering a simple and vitally important message: we are Safer at Home. By staying home, we will help to defeat coronavirus,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico in a press release. “In West Hollywood, we know a thing or two about overcoming what at first might seem impossible. Our City’s history is built on facing the big challenges and fighting for the rights and responsibilities of everyone in our community. Given these challenges, we give our best selves and with our determination, we put our hearts into everything we seek to accomplish. To face this new crisis, we must remind ourselves: home is where the heart is. We must take heed and stay home, when we can. Many of us will have to work in jobs that serve important needs in the community and we embrace this. Staying at home also doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a walk and get some take-out and pick up some groceries –- in fact, we must do these things and more. During the coming days and weeks ahead, I urge everyone in West Hollywood to lead with your hearts. Support our local businesses who provide take-out and delivery. Check on your elderly neighbors and make sure they are cared for and have food and medications they need. And, with great love in your hearts, please make every effort to use lots of social distance. Use jazz hands! Smile from six feet away! Talk and sing with your neighbors from open windows! We know there are overwhelming challenges ahead and I want acknowledge that and reassure everyone in West Hollywood that we are working quickly and diligently to prepare and post information on our City website about resources for economic hardship and for vital social services. We hear everyone’s needs and we’re working to address these as we all face this challenge. Please take care of yourselves and each other as we face this health crisis – with love and with the determination to do what we do best in West Hollywood: overcome and thrive.”

    The City announced yesterday that Mayor D’Amico tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently safer at home in self-quarantine with his husband.

    Earlier this week, The City proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency on Monday, March 16, 2020. All measures are in effect in order to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Californians are encouraged to stay home, practice social distancing, and only leave your home for essential errands to grocery, hardware or pharmacies, to go to work at locations still operational, or for essential medical appointments.

    The City has implemented an emergency management plan that ensures continuity of business operations while providing flexibility to many City employees to work remotely in order to ensure employee safety and respond to the family obligations of staff in balancing City business. West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities will be 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 is making every effort to respond to community needs while ensuring the highest degree of regard for public health safety.

    The City of West Hollywood will post updates on its website 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: · www.weho.org/wehotv · www.youtube.com/wehotv

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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.

    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

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