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    WeHo Braces Itself as LA County Department of Public Health Eases Restrictions on In-Person Dining and Other Business Activities

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    The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out about Orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which will ease restrictions on certain businesses and activities. According to Los Angeles County, the State of California has approved a County request for a variance to state guidelines and the County has met the necessary public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy and community to begin serving residents.

    On Friday, May 29, 2020, Los Angeles County announced that hair salons and barbershops can reopen, and that in-person dining in restaurants can resume immediately with safeguards — https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/hair-salons-barbershops-and-in-person-dining-to-reopen-safeguards — as Los Angeles County moves forward on its Roadmap to Recovery. Key specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops, and in-person restaurant dining are as follows:

    Barbershops and Hair Salons —

    • Physical distancing measures will be in place;
    • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever; clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment;
    • Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with ear-loops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service;
    • Magazines, coffee, and other amenities will not be available;
    • Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems; if electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available; and
    • Stylists may only serve one client at a time.

    In-Person Dining in Restaurants —

    • Physical distancing measures will be in place;
    • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever; patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant;
    • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized;
    • Reservations will be encouraged;
    • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering;
    • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating;
    • Bar areas will be closed; and
    • Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60 percent for the next three weeks.

    On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Los Angeles County announced standards for safe and swift reopening — https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/swift-safe-reopening — aligned with orders in the State of California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap. Functions and activities now permitted with this announcement include:

    • All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50-percent capacity;
    • Faith-based organizations may 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 may resume operations; and
    • Pools, hot tubs, and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.

    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health additionally approved the safe reopening of office worksites while encouraging employees to work from home when possible. Public Health has prepared a one-sheet guide with a listing of examples of the types of business and activities that are permitted at this time with safeguards to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/SaferatHomeOrder_ExamplesofOpenings.pdf

    Businesses must meet all Los Angeles County protocols for safe reopening. For detailed protocols, visit http://ph.lacounty.gov/coronavirus.

    The following types of businesses and organizations remain closed or prohibited at this time in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Orders:

    • Personal grooming/nail salons;
    • Personal grooming/spa services, including massage, facials and waxing;
    • Gyms and fitness centers;
    • Beach piers;
    • Indoor entertainment venues including arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, stadiums, arenas, theme parks, gaming facilities and festivals; and
    • Indoor museums, galleries, and zoos.

    The City of West Hollywood, per Emergency Executive Order, maintains the closure of parks, dog parks, and parklets at this time. Tennis courts have been permitted to re-open for singles-play following guidelines established by LA County Public Health. Details are available at www.weho.org/tennis.

    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.

    The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. West Hollywood residents are encouraged to remain home as much as is practical and limit close contact with others outside of a household; always use social (physical) distancing of at least six feet; and follow City requirements for the use of face coverings in public.

    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. 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.

    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 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.

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    Dan Mryglot
    Dan Mryglot
    Dan Mryglot was born in upstate New York and raised in Massachusetts, but it wasn’t until he moved to West Hollywood that he found his home. A fitness enthusiast, he lives a healthy alcohol and drug free lifestyle in the city he loves. He’s passionate about preserving Weho’s history. Previous publishings include a bi-weekly column called "Best Boy" in Fab! Newspaper, where he wrote stories about growing up gay. Friend him on Facebook under Dan Mryglot. Follow him on Twitter under @mryglot and on Instagram under @danmryglot.
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