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Coronavirus Emergency Orders

Event Timeline 

3.4.2020 

State Declares State of Emergency 

3.4.2020 

Westside Cities issue Joint Declaration re COVID 19 Emergency 

3.5.2020 

City Attorney issues warning on price gauging 

3.12.2020 

City Attorney reminds businesses to comply with sick leave requirements in Minimum Wage Law 

3.12.2020 

City cancels community events and encourages social distancing 

3.13.2020 

City Proclaims Local Emergency 

3.14.2020 

Temporary Moratorium on Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent by Residential Tenants 

3.15.2020 

Closure of Pier Deck starting 3.16.2020  

3.16.2020 

City Hall offices and Library closure beginsFull list of closures listed here. 

3.16.2020 

Temporary Closure of Businesses (Restaurants, Bars, Gyms/Fitness, Salons and Beauty Providers, etc) 

3.17.2020 

Preferential Parking Suspended and Emergency Zoning Modifications 

3.18.2020 

City Suspends Shut-Off of Water Services, Late Penalties on City Bills, Big Blue Bus Fares, Parking Restrictions in Green Zones, and Penalty Assessments Related to Business Licenses and Business Improvement Districts  

3.19.2020 

Governor Issues Stay at Home Order 

3.19.2020 

City Council Adopts Resolution Ratifying Emergency Proclamation and Supplemental Orders

3.20.2020

City Suspends Labor Negotiations and Certain Civil Service Regulations 

3.21.2020

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Issues Safer at Home Order 

3.21.2020

City Permits Restaurants and Retailers with Valid ABC Licenses to Sell Alcoholic Beverages via Delivery and Takeout 

3.22.2020

City of Santa Monica Adopts State and County Stay At Home Orders

3.27.2020

City Hall and Facilities Closures Extended and Relief for City Lease and License Holders

3.27.2020

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Orders Temporary Closure of Public Trails and Trailheads, Beaches, Piers, Beach Bike Paths, and Beach Access Points 

3.27.2020

City Closes Palisades Park 

4.1.2020

City Requires Social Distancing at Construction Projects and Authorizes Building Officer to Issue Stop Work Orders at Sites Not in Compliance 

4.6.2020

City Council Adopts Resolution Ratifying Emergency Proclamation and Supplemental Orders

4.8.2020

City Expands Eviction Protections for Residential and Commercial Tenants 


Summaries
 

City Proclaims Local Emergency 

O: 3.13.2020 

R: 3.14.2020 

Proclamation | Revised Proclamation   

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:  3.19.20     

Effective Through:  04.30.20 

The City Issued a local emergency proclamation in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to enhance the City’s ability to access federal and state dollars for COVID-19 response.  This order is good for seven (7) days through March 20.  A revised Emergency Proclamation was issued on 3.14.2020 to comply with digital signature requirements. 

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Temporary Moratorium on Ellis-Act Evictions and Evictions for COVID-19 Related Non-Payment of Rent by Residential and Commercial Tenants: Revised Supplement 1 

O: 3.14.2020 

R: 3.18.2020 

R: 4.8.2020

Supplement |   Revised First Supplement | Revised Second Supplement

Original Press Release | Revised Press Release | Revised Press Release

Ratified by City Council:    3.19.20       

Effective Through:  05.31.20 

Original: Temporary moratorium on COVID-19-related residential evictions. 

Revised:  

Landlord cannot evict a residential or commercial tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant is unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. 

Residential tenants may not be evicted between now and May 31, 2020, if the tenant provides, within 30 days of the date that rent is due, notice in writing and documentation that non-payment of rent is due to: 

  • being sick with COVID-19, or caring for a household or family member who is sick with COVID-19; 
  • lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic or employer impacts of COVID-19; 
  • compliance with a recommendation from a government health authority to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the state of emergency; 
  • extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or 
  • child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19.  

Residential tenants also may not be evicted between now and May 31, 2020, if the eviction is a “no-fault” eviction and any member of the household is sick, in isolation, or under quarantine. 

Residential units may not be removed from the rental market pursuant to the Ellis Act while the Revised First Supplement to the Executive Order is in effect.  Tenancies may not be terminated pursuant to the Ellis Act until 60 days after the expiration of the Revised First Supplement to the Executive Order. 

Commercial tenants may not be evicted between now and May 31, 2020, if the tenant provides, within 30 days of the date that rent is due, notice in writing and documentation that non-payment of rent is due to: 

  • lost business income as a result of the commercial tenant or its employees being sick with COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who is sick with COVID-19 
  • lost business income as a result of reduction in or closure of hours of operation, increase in costs and labor, delays or interruptions or any other impacts of COVID-19 
  • lost business income due to compliance with a recommendation from a governmental health authority to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the state of emergency. 

The second revised order issued April 8, 2020, further broadens the eviction moratorium with the following: 

  • Beginning April 24, 2020, landlords must provide tenants with notice of the eviction moratorium as follows: 
  • Landlords must either post notice at their property or mail (or email) notice to tenants;  
  • Landlords must include notice of the moratorium when serving tenants with any notice to pay rent or quit, or other notices given to tenants as part of an eviction process; 
  • Landlords must provide an additional copy of the notice to the tenant if the landlord files an unlawful detainer action; and   
  • The required notice language is provided in the moratorium. 
  • In addition, if a landlord files an unlawful detainer action during the period in which the Judicial Council Emergency Rules prohibit courts from issuing a summons, the landlord must serve the tenant with a copy of the complaint within 3 days of filing the complaint  
  • A landlord may not evict a residential tenant in any no-fault eviction. Previously this rule applied only to a no-fault eviction in which a member of the household is sick, in isolation, sheltering at home, or under quarantine.  
  • A landlord may not evict a residential tenant for refusing entry into a unit, unless the landlord seeks entry to repair a condition that substantially endangers or impairs the health or safety of the tenant or other persons in the vicinity of the premises, or a condition that is causing or threatening to cause substantial damage to the premises. When a landlord does enter a unit, the landlord must ensure that appropriate social distancing, cleaning, and sanitation measures are taken during the entry.   
  • A landlord may not evict a residential tenant based on the presence of unauthorized occupants or their pets, or nuisance related to COVID-19, unless the nuisance substantially endangers or impairs the health or safety of a tenant or other persons in the vicinity of the premises, or causes or threatens to cause substantial damage to the premises. 
  • A landlord may not use the eviction process to seek rent that is delayed for the reasons stated in the moratorium if the landlord has already obtained compensation for the unpaid rent, through federal or state government relief funds or other programs that provide such compensation. 
  • A landlord who violates the City’s Tenant Harassment Ordinance during the moratorium period will be subject to an increased maximum civil penalty of $15,000 (increased from $10,000).   

For questions about the City’s eviction moratorium, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus, or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 458-8400. For help in completing the tenant notice form or to file a complaint regarding eviction activity in violation of the order, please contact the Public Rights Division of the City Attorney’s Office at (310) 458-8336, or Consumer.Mailbox@smgov.net 

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Closure of Pier Deck: Supplement 2 

3.15.2020 

Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:   03.19.20    

Effective Through:  04.30.20 

The Pier Deck closed to the public effective at 6 am Monday, March 16, 2020.   

 

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Temporary Closure of Businesses (Restaurants, Bars, Gyms/Fitness, Salons and Beauty Providers, etc): Supplement 3 

3.16.2020 

Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:   03.19.20 

Effective Through:  04.30.20 

The following businesses were closed to the public effective on March 16, 2020, at noon: 

  • Bars and nightclubs, except for delivery or pick-up 
  • Restaurants and retail food facilities (not including cafeterias, commissaries and restaurants in hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks) except for delivery, pick up or drive-thru 
  • Movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades  
  • Gyms and fitness centers  
  • Businesses providing physical health and beauty services, including spas, hair salons, massage parlors, and nail salons, that do not provide medical care or services  

Trucks and other vehicles that deliver grocery items to grocery stores are exempted from any limitations on delivery hours from March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020, unless extended. 

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Preferential Parking Suspended and Emergency Zoning Modifications: Revised Supplement 4 

3.17.2020 

Revised Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:  03.19.20     

Effective Through:  04.30.20 

Effective March 17, 2020, the City has suspended or modified the following parking and planning codes: 

  • Public safety, hospital, clinic, and emergency shelter uses are now permitted in all districts; and development standards, design review, parking and access requirements, and sign standards related to these uses may be waived by the Director of the Department of Planning & Community Development. 
  • Drive through facilities are now permitted for clinics, convenience markets, farmers markets, general markets, hospitals, pharmacies, and restaurants. 
  • All laws and regulations establishing planning review deadlines or authorizing automatic planning approvals are suspended. 
  • All interim zoning ordinances are extended. 
  • Street sweeping will not be conducted unless essential for health and safety, and parking citations associated with street sweeping will not be issued.   
  • Preferential parking regulations are suspended. 
  • Oversize vehicles may deviate from previously regulated routes in order to reach destinations. 
  • Breeze bike share user fees are suspended. 

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Suspend Parking Restrictions, Big Blue Bus Fares, Late Penalties on City Bills: Revised Supplement 5 

3.18.2020 

Revised Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:  03.19.20     

Effective Through: 04.30.20 

Effective March 18, 2020, the City: 

  • Suspends Big Blue Bus fares 
  • Suspends late fees for RRR and water utilities, parking citations and other specific fees and taxes 
  • Parking in green zones is permitted 
  • Vehicle towing is suspended for abandoned vehicles, expired tabs and unpaid parking citations 

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Expedite Human Resources Activities by Temporarily Suspending Labor Negotiations and Certain Personnel-Related Provisions of the Municipal Code: Supplement 6 

3.20.2020 

 Supplement

 

Ratified by City Council:    

Effective Through: 04.30.20 

The COVID-19 pandemic has required the City to engage in emergency action, requiring significant investment, including the continuation of pay and benefits for our employee population.  The Human Resources Department has also suspended processes and activities that require City staff and job applicants to meet in person, in compliance with efforts to reduce potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 for all in the workplace.  Accordingly:  

  • All labor negotiations will be suspended through April 30, 2020 so that the City may assess the financial impacts of COVID-19 prior to engaging in collective bargaining.  
  • Administration of examinations that require City staff and applicants to meet in person have been suspended.   
  • Santa Monica Municipal Code and Santa Monica Charter requirements associated with the administration of competitive examinations and the appointment of individuals from eligibility lists are suspended to allow the City to make immediate appointments during the emergency.  
  • Certain requirements and minimum qualifications associated with the appointment of temporary, limited-term, and as-needed employees are suspended.   
  • Appointments of individuals not from an eligibility list to regular assignments will be subject to a probationary period. 

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Restaurant Alcoholic Beverage Service and Use of Administrative Citations: Supplement 7 

3.21.20 

 Supplement

 

Ratified by City Council:   

Effective Through:  04.30.20 

To align with the State Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Notice of Regulatory Relief issued on March 19, 2020, sales of alcoholic beverages by restaurants for off-site consumption are hereby permitted via delivery and take-out. In addition, relaxed regulations for sales of alcoholic beverages by retailers for off-site consumption, including deliveries and extended sales hours from 6 am to 2 am daily, are also hereby adopted.  

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Local Enforcement of Safer at Home / Stay at Home Orders: Supplement 8 

NOT YET ISSUED

 Supplement

 Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:     

Effective Through: 04.30.20 

 The City hereby adopts all directives included in Governor of the State of California’s Stay at Home Order and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order.  Should the directives conflict, the stricter regulation shall apply, unless acknowledged otherwise by both the Governor and the County Department of Public Health. 

These directives shall be enforceable by the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica Code Enforcement Division pursuant to California Government Code Section 8665 and Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 2.16.100.   

In addition, the City is authorized to issue administrative citations to enforce emergency orders as follows: 

  • Revised First Supplement to the Executive Order (Temporary Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions) - $1000 per violation 
  • Second Supplement to the Executive Order (Pier Closure) - for individuals: $100 for first violation, $250 for second violation within one year, $500 for third or subsequent violations within one year; for violations by businesses: $500 for first violation, $750 for second violation within one year, $1000 for third or subsequent violations within one year 
  • Third Supplement to the Executive Order (Business Closure) - $500 for first violation, $750 for second violation within one year, $1000 for third or subsequent violations within one year 
  • Eighth Supplement to the Executive Order (Stay at Home / Safer at Home Orders) - for individuals: $100 for first violation, $250 for second violation within one year, $500 for third or subsequent violations within one year; for violations by businesses: $500 for first violation, $750 for second violation within one year, $1000 for third or subsequent violations within one year           

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City Facilities, City Leases and Licenses, Public Records Requests, SMFD Annual Permits: Supplement 9 3.27.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following:   

  • Extension of City Facility Closures: City facilities will remain closed to private events, activities, programs, and gatherings until April 30, 2020.  All previously scheduled events for this time period will be cancelled, with notice and information about eligibility for refunds to be provided to the reservation holders.   
  • Extension of City Hall and City Public Counter Closures: City Hall and all non-essential City public counters will also remain closed to the public until April 30, 2020. City staff continue to serve the public remotely, but community members should call or check the website before coming to any City facility in person to conduct business.  
  • City Leases and Licenses: Late payment fees for City leases and licenses are waived through April 30, 2020.  Rent payments for the month of April are suspended for businesses holding outdoor dining licenses with the City, City tenants on the Santa Monica Pier, and, at the discretion of the Director of Housing and Economic Development, other City tenants whose business activities have been suspended due to public health orders. 
  • Public Records: The City may delay responses to public records requests during the local emergency where such requests require searches that are hindered by emergency operations. 
  • Santa Monica Fire Department Annual Permits of Operation – Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation that are currently set to expire on May 1, 2020, shall be automatically extended by one month and shall now expire on June 1, 2020.  

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Construction – Social Distancing: Supplement 10 4.1.2020
Supplement  Press Release

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following:   

  • Construction projects are currently allowed to continue under the Governor’s Stay at Home and the LA County Department of Public Health Safer at Home Orders.  However, all construction projects must be operated in accordance with social distancing and hygiene requirements pursuant to those Orders.  In furtherance of those requirements, this supplement requires: (a) handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer to be installed at entrances to construction projects, (b) shared tools and equipment to be sanitized, (d) posting signage instructing workers of the social distancing and  sanitation requirements and entrance limitations for ill workers or those in recent close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and (d) workers not to gather in groups larger than three during breaks and to maintain a six-foot social distance during such breaks.  In addition, if construction is taking place within an occupied residential building, steps must be taken to minimize contact with areas within the building but not within the construction site and to clean and sanitize those areas regularly.  The Building Officer is authorized to issue a stop work order at any construction site operating in violation of those Orders or this supplement and to promulgate regulations in furtherance of the supplement or the Orders. 

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