April 15, 2020 1:55 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Last night, the Santa Monica City Council adopted a resolution to extend its local emergency through May 15, 2020, including its eleven emergency supplements and public space and facility closures. This extension aligns with Los Angeles County and the State of California and their public health authorities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“By extending these orders, we continue to take the County and State orders seriously and ask everyone to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager and Emergency Director Rick Cole. “While Santa Monica cases are not as high as in some communities, we are not out of the woods and must be vigilant by staying at home, staying at least 6 feet apart, and using face coverings during essential trips.”
Since its last meeting on April 8, a second revised First Supplement on the temporary eviction moratorium as well as the Eleventh Supplement on face coverings for businesses was issued. City Council has ratified and extended the following emergency orders:
- City Proclaims State of Emergency
- Supplement 1 – Temporary Moratorium on Evictions
- Supplement 2 – Closure of Pier Deck
- Supplement 3 – Temporary Closure of Businesses
- Supplement 4 – Preferential Parking Suspended and Emergency Zoning Modifications
- Supplement 5 – Suspend Parking Restrictions, Big Blue Bus Fares, Late Penalties on City Bills
- Supplement 6 – Expedite Human Resources Activities by Temporarily Suspending Labor Negotiations and Certain Personnel-Related Provisions of the Municipal Code
- Supplement 7 – Restaurant Alcoholic Beverage Service and Use of Administrative Citations
- Supplement 8 – Local Enforcement of Safer at Home / Stay at Home Orders
- Supplement 9 – City Facilities, City Leases and Licenses, Public Records Requests, SMFD Annual Permits
- Supplement 10 – Construction – Social Distancing
- Supplement 11 – Cloth Face Coverings at Certain Essential Businesses
This order is effective through May 15, 2020. The temporary eviction moratorium goes through May 31 while all other orders extend through May 15.
In coordination with the State of California and County of LA, the City of Santa Monica anticipates that ending the safer at home order will happen in stages to ensure proactive measures are in place to prioritize the community’s health and safety and eliminate the future spread of COVID-19. Six key health and scientific indicators will be considered before modifying the state stay-at-home order. More information is available at www.covid19.ca.gov.
As part of the LA County Department of Public Health Stay at Home Order, essential businesses open to the public in Santa Monica—excluding clinical settings within Healthcare Operations—are now required to create and publicly post LA County Social Distancing Protocol by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The protocol asks essential businesses to address public health requirements, including:
- Facility capacity
- Physical distancing
- Cleaning and disinfection including providing hand sanitizer, soap and water, or disinfectant
- Restroom accessibility
- Directing the public to not enter if they are experiencing respiratory illness symptoms
- Use of face coverings by employees, contracted workers, and members of the public
- Communicable disease control recommendations
The County and State orders are effective in Santa Monica and are enforceable by the Santa Monica Police Department.
For information on COVID-19 in Santa Monica, visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus or call the City of Santa Monica’s coronavirus hotline: (310) 458-8400. Get Santa Monica emergency alerts by texting SMCOVID to 888-777 and sign up for daily COVID-19 updates at santamonica.gov/newsletter.
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