REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19
Moving Los Angeles County through Stage 2 of California's pandemic Resilience Roadmap. Please access the link provided for more information: http://ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/HO_Order_Reopening_Safer_at_Work_and_in_the_Community_05262020_FINAL.pdf
WHAT'S OPEN IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY
GOVERNOR NEWSOM ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS
Recognizing the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to public health, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on May 8, 2020 to ensure that Californians can vote in a safe and accessible manner during the General Election this November. The order requires that each county’s election officials send vote-by-mail ballots for the election to all registered voters. Californians who may need access to in-person voting opportunities – including individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak languages other than English, individuals experiencing homelessness, and others – will still have in-person voting access. The Administration continues to work with Legislature and the Secretary of State to determine how requirements and other details will be implemented while preserving public health and giving county elections officials needed flexibility.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT: HOUSES OF WORWSHIP AND IN-STORE RETAILERS REOPEN
On Monday, May 25, 2020, the Department of Public Health announced that California churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship can reopen. The new guidelines for "places of worship and providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies" stipulate religious centers must limit attendance to 100 people or 25% of the building’s capacity, whichever is lower. The state also requires religious leaders to ensure more than 6 feet of physical distancing among congregants. Additionally, in-store retailers are allowed to resume business throughout the state. The state's retail guidelines do not require but "strongly" recommend employee screenings, face coverings and social distancing. Retailers should also create clearly-marked curbside or outside pickup points that maintain physical distance with visual cues or other measures, and have purchased goods available there or available through home delivery. For full details please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-places-of-worship.pdf and https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-retail.pdf
ADVOCACY TO BALANCE THE HEALTH OF THE RESIDENTS AND THE HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Recent shutdown of businesses due to the State of California and the Los Angeles County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in jobs lost, and permanent closure of long time businesses. In early May, the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce drafted a blueprint for businesses on the Peninsula to reopen with modifications and social distancing requirements, in advance of the stages allowed by the State and County. The Mayors of the four Peninsula cities – Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes – advocated for reopening of businesses and submitted the blueprint to County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office for review and approval. While statewide retail can now reopen, restaurants and other type of business operations are still limited.
CALIFORNIA ROADMAP TO REOPENING: 4 STAGES
Published: Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, May 19, 2020
STAGE 1: Safety and Preparedness
STAGE 2: Lower Risk Work Places
We are now in the early stages of stage 2, below you will find the updated information from Governor Gavin Newsoms office.
Californians have been staying home and saving lives since the start of our statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on our roadmap for modifying the statewide order.
We are now in early Stage 2, where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, and essential businesses can open with modifications. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely.
Stage 2 expansion will be phased in gradually. Some communities may move through Stage 2 faster if they are able to show greater progress. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the California Department of Public Health can open more workplaces as outlined on the County Variance page.
Industry guidance to reduce the risk
California moved into Stage 2 of modifying the state’s Stay-at-Home order on May 8, 2020. Our progress in achieving key public health metrics will allow a gradual re-opening of California’s economy.
We recognize the impact of economic hardship. We must get our economy roaring once again and put paychecks in people’s pockets. But the risk of COVID-19 infection is still real for all Californians and continues to be fatal.
The state is issuing guidance for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open per County Public Health rules.
Find the Industry Guidance
Customers and individuals
Customers and individuals are encouraged to stay home if they have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms. Those with symptoms or elevated temperatures should not shop, get services in person, go to work, or gather with others. If you’re not sure if this applies to you, check your symptoms with this Symptom Screener.
Higher risk individuals (over 65 or with serious medical conditions) should continue to stay home until Stage 4. Minimize errands by getting groceries delivered or asking for help from friends or family.
Shop safely! Crowded settings increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Wear a face covering or cloth mask, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands when you get home.
STAGE 3: High-Risk Work Places
STAGE 4: End of Stay-At-Home Order
For more information, please access:
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER
Reopening Protocol for Retail
The requirements below are specific to retail establishments permitted to reopen for curbside pick-up by the Order of the State Public Health Officer on May 7, 2020. In addition to the condition imposed on these specific retail businesses by the Governor, these types of businesses must also be in compliance with the conditions laid out in this Checklist for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup. Included in this list of businesses are: florists and toy, book, clothing, music and sporting goods stores. Please note: This document may be updated as additional information and resources become available so be sure to check the LA County web site http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ regularly for any updates to this document.
This checklist covers:
(1) Workplace policies and practices to protect employee health
(2) Measures to ensure physical distancing
(3) Measures to ensure infection control
(4) Communication with employees and the public
(5) Measures to ensure equitable access to critical services.
These five key areas must be addressed as your facility develops any reopening protocols. All businesses covered by this guidance must implement all applicable measures listed below and be prepared to explain why any measure that is not implemented is not applicable to the business.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a revised Order on Friday, April 10, 2020. The revised Order amends and supersedes the Orders and Addenda of the County Health Officer issued on March 16, 19, 21, 27, and 31, 2020. The revised Order is now effective through May 15, 2020. The revised Order requires Essential Business to implement a Social Distancing Protocol (employees with duties to be in contact with other employees and or the public wear a cloth face covering while performing duties) by April 15, 2020. The revised Order does not prohibit any individual or members of a single household or living unit from engaging in outdoor activities, as individual or household, such as jogging, walking, or biking. https://covid19.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/HOO_Safer-at-Home-Order-for-Control-of-COVID_04102020.pdf
GOVERNOR NEWSOM OUTLINES SIX CRITICAL INDICATORS THE STATE WILL CONSIDER BEFORE MODIFYING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER AND COVID-19 INTERVENTIONS
Published: Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, Apr 14, 2020
VIEW HERE: Governor unveils six key indicators that will be considered before modifying state’s stay-at-home order
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled six key indicators that will guide California’s thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California. Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework.
“While Californians have stepped up in a big way to flatten the curve and buy us time to prepare to fight the virus, at some point in the future we will need to modify our stay-at-home order,” said Governor Newsom. “As we contemplate reopening parts of our state, we must be guided by science and data, and we must understand that things will look different than before.”
Until we build immunity, our actions will be aligned to achieve the following:
- Ensure our ability to care for the sick within our hospitals;
- Prevent infection in people who are at high risk for severe disease;
- Build the capacity to protect the health and well-being of the public; and
- Reduce social, emotional and economic disruptions
California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:
- The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
- The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
- The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
- The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
- The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
- The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.
He also noted that things will look different as California makes modifications. For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.
For more information on California’s response, visit covid19.ca.gov.