Santa Monica Extends Local Emergency to July 31 and LA County Orders Beaches to Close for July Fourth Weekend
June 29, 2020 7:19 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Today, Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg issued a nineteenth supplement that, with certain specified exceptions, extends Santa Monica’s local emergency declaration and all associated orders to July 31, 2020. Later expiration dates stated in specific supplements remain unchanged.
Here are the specified exceptions to the extension order that Santa Monica residents and businesses should know:
- The City’s plastic bag ban will resume on July 1, 2020. This means customers can resume bringing reusable bags when making essential trips.
- Parking citations associated with monthly street sweeping will resume July 1, 2020. Please move your car for street sweeping next week, July 6 – 10.
- Towing for violations of the California Vehicle Code relating to abandoned vehicles resumes as of July 1, 2020.
- The expiration of Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation is not further extended, and they will expire as of July 1, 2020.
- Late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes resume as of July 1, 2020.
Santa Monica extends its local emergency as key metrics continue to show steep increases in community spread of COVID-19. Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced more than 2,900 new cases of COVID-19, the single largest one-day case count since the pandemic began.
The County has also issued a modified Health Order closing LA County beaches and beach facilities to the public for the Fourth of July holiday weekend in an effort to prevent gatherings and crowds that may spread COVID-19. Under the order, all beaches, beach parking lots, beach bike paths, beach facilities and beach accessways will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, until 5 a.m. Monday, July 6. In Santa Monica, this means the beaches will be completely closed to all recreational activities, the Santa Monica Pier will be closed, and Santa Monica’s portion of the beach bike path and all beach parking lots will also be closed.
“With a sharp rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases, public health authorities are encouraging residents across LA County to stay at home as much as possible during the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” said Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg. “Avoid confined space, crowds, and contact with others not in your household, and continue to wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As hard as it can be to stay at home, it is as important as ever in this pandemic as we work together to save lives and protect the progress we’ve made."
Physical distancing remains a requirement along with wearing a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 whenever you are outside your home. Please comply with physical distancing and face covering requirements posted by businesses and recreational facilities. For a list of local businesses selling face coverings, visit santamonica.gov. Frequent hand washing and staying home if you are sick are vital measures to continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve and protect our healthcare system from a further surge of critical patients.
For the latest information, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus, or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 458-8400.