COVID-19 Info

Governor Gavin Newsom announces a plan to fully reopen California’s economy by June 15.

As we reach 20 million vaccines administered and COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations have stabilized, California is looking to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopening our economy. On June 15, all industries across the state can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations.

We will only progress to this stage if we continue to stay vigilant, keep wearing our masks and getting vaccinated. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access, and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.

What triggers our move Beyond the Blueprint?

On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:

1. Equitable vaccine availability: If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years or older who wish to be inoculated. [i]

AND

2. Consistently low burden of disease: Hospitalizations are stable and low, and specifically, hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals are low.

What happens beyond the Blueprint?

When California fully reopens the economy, the state will move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Common-sense health measures such as masking will remain across the state. Testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in relevant settings. Additionally:

 

  • All sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart may return to usual operations in compliance with ETS/Cal OSHA and other statewide agency guidelines and standards with limited public health restrictions, such as masking, testing, and testing or vaccination verification requirements for large-scale higher-risk events. In addition, the following restrictions apply (via a narrow public health order): 

    • Unless testing or vaccination status is verified for all attendees, conventions will be capped at 5,000 persons until October 1.

    • International convention attendees will only be allowed if fully vaccinated.

  • Schools and institutions of higher education should conduct full-time, in person instruction, in compliance with Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards and public health guidelines.

  • Workplaces promote policies that reduce risk, including improved indoor ventilation, and mask wearing in indoor and other high-risk settings as well as remote work when possible without impacting business operations.

  • Californians and travelers will be subject to any current CDPH and CDC travel restrictions.

California will also need to maintain the public health and medical infrastructure in these five priority areas:

  1. Continue to provide vaccinations and be prepared for the vaccination of Californians under 16 years old. It is critical that vaccines remain effective against circulating strains.

  2. Conduct equity-focused monitoring and surveillance by maintaining adequate testing capacity and strategies for the early detection of cases including variants via genomic sequencing.

  3. Contain disease spread through timely investigation of cases, contacts, and outbreaks.

  4. Maintain a statewide plan to scale up resources for isolation or quarantine.

  5. Monitor hospital admissions and maintain adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and healthcare surge capacity that can be easily mobilized.

The transition from Blueprint

Our strategy is to use various levers and incentives to increase protection of Californians and incentivize vaccination to move us towards community immunity. Since March we have adjusted the Blueprint to recognize the role of vaccines in reducing transmission. These strategies include:

  • Reopening and expanding the capacity of outdoor sectors

  • Adding the Vaccine Equity Benchmarks to adjust the case rate thresholds for Blueprint tiers

  • Allowing increased capacity or numbers of persons allowed, including indoors, with proof of testing or vaccination

  • Developing guidance or minimum standards to ensure equity, privacy, and ethical practices are integral in the deployment of vaccination and testing verification methods

  • Focusing on equity allocations and implementation plans to improve vaccination coverage in our least advantaged and hardest-hit communities 

The efforts Californians have taken to date have allowed us to fully reopen safely so we can move beyond the Blueprint. 

[i] Vaccine supply is sufficient for eligible individuals wanting a vaccine to obtain an appointment to receive the inoculation within 2 weeks.

Read more about the plan on the California Department of Public Health’s website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/…/Pages/COVID-19/beyond_memo.aspx

Updates to Los Angeles County Health Officer Order Effective Monday – 74 New Deaths and 692 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 74 new deaths and 692 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,220,849 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,235 deaths. There are 634 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 26% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,111,000 individuals with 19% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 1.4%. Of the 74 new deaths reported today, 29 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 21 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 18 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, three people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was updated today to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the orange tier, beginning Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for many sectors.

The modifications to the Health Officer Order include the following:

  • Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Visits are limited to 90 minutes. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted outdoors only and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.
  • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less with continued safety modifications.
  • Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables.
  • Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required unless swimming.
  • Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
  • Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.
  • Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75% with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 and goggles or a mask with a face shield.
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.

It is critical businesses follow Health Officer Order directives and infection protocols to protect workers and customers and minimize COVID-19 spread as much as possible. The County’s recovery and the safety of workers and customers depend on businesses fully implementing infection control and physical distancing requirements.

Effective yesterday, amusement parks, outdoor live events and outdoor professional sporting events are permitted with the safety measures in place, including occupancy limits, distancing, masking and eating and drinking requirements.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who are grieving a loved one lost to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Our numbers have improved dramatically, but we cannot let up. While we are making good progress with vaccination efforts, we have about a dozen more weeks before we can expect to reach 80% vaccine coverage for people 16 and older. Please remain vigilant in taking the necessary safety measures to prevent spread and get vaccinated when it is your turn. Continue to avoid large gatherings, wear your mask when you’re in public and around others, and continue washing your hands. Following these safety measures is the only way we can avoid taking a step back on our recovery journey.”

More than 4,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across Los Angeles County. Of those vaccinated, 1,323,686 people received second doses and 78,653 people received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As of March 27, 68.4% of L.A. County residents 65 and older received at least one dose of the vaccine. In total, 33% of the County’s population 18 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.

This week, 378,400 total doses were allocated to L.A. County. The County could have booked almost 300,000 additional appointments this week but couldn’t because there weren’t enough vaccines.

Next week, Public Health is expecting to receive nearly 397,000 vaccine doses. This allocation includes approximately 151,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 128,000 doses of Moderna vaccine, and 118,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of the nearly 397,000 doses of vaccine we expect to receive next week, 68% of doses will go to sites located in the most vulnerable communities.

Yesterday, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanded to all residents 50 through 64 years of age in addition to all other eligible groups. For information about who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in L.A. County, how to make an appointment if it is your turn, what verifications you will need to show at your vaccination appointment, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

 

L.A. County Qualifies for Orange Tier Threshold, Additional Re-Openings with Safety Measures Set for Monday; Vaccination Eligibility to Expand 26 New Deaths and 386 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Today, the State released updated numbers; L.A. County’s adjusted case rate dropped from 3.7 new cases per 100,000 people to 3.1 new cases per 100,000 people. The test positivity rate dropped from 1.8% to 1.5% and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources, L.A. County’s test positivity rate dropped from 2.5% to 2.1%.

A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect on Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. to reflect newly permitted activities. This allows the County to follow the state guidelines and wait until three weeks are completed in the red tier to be sure that case numbers do not rise this third week since the County’s earlier re-openings. The Health Officer Order and modified directives for businesses will be posted on Friday, with an effective date of April 5. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) teams will be available this week and through the weekend to provide information about upcoming changes, allowing establishments to be prepared for full compliance with the required safety modifications.

On April 5, assuming County case numbers do not increase, the following changes will be made to the Health Officer Order:

  • Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted, and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.
  • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less with continued safety modifications.
  • Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables.
  • Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required unless swimming.
  • Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
  • Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.
  • Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75% with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 or a mask with a face shield.
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.

Today, Public Health has confirmed 26 new deaths and 386 new cases of COVID-19. The lower number of deaths and cases may reflect reporting delays over the weekend and holiday. To date, Public Health identified 1,218,958 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,110 deaths.

The daily average number of cases is now fewer than 400 daily cases, a 50% decrease from the number of cases at the end of February.

The County is seeing great progress in terms of hospitalizations and deaths, as the daily average number of hospitalizations decreased 52% since the end of February, and the daily average number of deaths decreased 75% in the past month.

There are 649 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 27% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,081,000 individuals with 19% of people testing positive.

Of the 26 new deaths reported today, seven people that passed away were over the age of 80, nine people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, eight people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and families who are living through this tragedy. We are sending our love and prayers during your time of grief,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “While Los Angeles County has yet to experience increases, this week will be critical, as we are now two weeks out from when we moved into the red tier and reopened several sectors. There is much to be optimistic about. Los Angeles County has administered nearly 4 million vaccine doses. Spring is here. The weather is beautiful. USC and UCLA are in the Elite Eight and we are close to opening day for baseball. However, we cannot let our guard down. Another surge here would be dangerous and stop our recovery progress. We would move swiftly to introduce measures to limit transmission and these measures would have us stepping backwards. Keep yourself, your loved ones, and essential workers safe by following all the rules when you are at a business, retail or food establishment “

In a study released yesterday of about 4,000 health-care personnel, police, firefighters and other essential workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the vaccines reduced the risk of infection, both asymptomatic and symptomatic infection by 80% after one dose, and that protection increased to 90% following the second dose. Different from the clinical trials, which are tightly controlled, and showed that the vaccines are highly effective preventing hospitalizations and deaths, this study shows just how effective the vaccines are in preventing infections in real-life conditions. The findings of this study are significant and provide evidence that the vaccines can both reduce transmission and save lives.

Los Angeles County continues making progress administering the COVID-19 vaccine. As of March 24, the County has administered close to 4 million doses of vaccine, with more than 1.2 million people receiving a second dose.

As of March 27, the County has vaccinated 71% of people ages 65 through 79 and 62% of people over the age of 80. These age groups were prioritized because of their high risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19. The County has also vaccinated 32% of people ages 50 through 64 who were eligible workers or individuals with serious underlying medical conditions or disabilities.

In total, there are almost 5.5 million residents 16 and older that still need to be vaccinated.

Los Angeles County is prepared to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine starting this Thursday, April 1, for County residents 50 through 64 years old. Additionally, on April 15, vaccines will become available to any resident in Los Angeles County who is 16 and older.

Changes will be made to the MyTurn eligibility criteria starting tomorrow to allow residents 50 through 64 years old to begin to schedule appointments. Please note that, while the County received more vaccine doses this week, there are not yet enough doses to vaccinate everyone that is eligible, so we need to ask for patience until supply increases. Public Health’s priority will remain getting residents and workers in hard hit communities vaccinated. We will re-double efforts to increase accessibility and availability of vaccine in communities with the highest risk and lower rate of vaccinations.

For information about who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in L.A. County, how to make an appointment if it is your turn, what verifications you will need to show at your vaccination appointment, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

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Protocol for Breweries, Wineries, and Craft Distilleries: Appendix Y Effective Date: 12:01am on Saturday, March 20, 2021

COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to fall, but still remain high. COVID-19 continues to
pose a high risk to communities and requires all people and businesses to take precautions and modify
operations and activities to reduce the risk of spread.

Due to Los Angeles County entering the “Red Tier” of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework,
this protocol has been updated to lift some local activity-specific restrictions. Businesses should proceed with
caution and adhere to the requirements in this protocol to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 within their
business operations.

This protocol and its requirements below are specific to the reopening of wineries, breweries and distilleries
with a #1, #2, #4, #23, and #74 state alcohol license, that do not possess a restaurant public health permit,
and where no on-site meal service (bona fide meal) is provided. Such establishments may be open strictly for
outdoor beverage service only; no indoor beverage service is permitted.

• Breweries, wineries and distilleries that offer on-site meal service must adhere to the Protocols for
Restaurants: Appendix I.
• Breweries, wineries and distilleries that are currently authorized to sell beer, wine or spirits to be
consumed off premises are required to also follow Protocols for Retail Establishments: Appendix B.
• Breweries, wineries and distilleries that are producers of beer, wine or spirits are also required to follow
Protocols for Warehousing, Manufacturing and Logistic Establishments: Appendix C.
• Breweries, wineries and distilleries must discontinue any entertainment and game operations, including
but not limited to bowling alleys, dart boards, and pool tables until these activities are permitted to open
in modified or full operation.

Wineries and breweries that produce wine or beer with premises set aside for wine or beer tasting that are
exempt from the definition of a food facility by California Health and Safety Code Section 113789(c)(5) and do
not require a health permit to operate may be open for outdoor tastings. Distilleries may also be open for
outdoor tastings.

All wineries, breweries and distilleries operating pursuant to this protocol may be open for beverage service
only during the hours of 11:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Service for on-site consumption must close by 8:00 P.M.
Customers are limited to 90-minute visits. Facilities must plan accordingly to enable customers to exit on-time
at 8:00 P.M. Employees may remain on-site after 8:00 P.M. for retail operations.

Please note: This protocol is not intended for Bars (this includes those that have a low-risk restaurant
health permit), which must remain closed.

COVID-19 is mostly spread when people are physically near a person with COVID-19 or have direct contact
with that person. When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe, they produce respiratory
droplets. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of COVID-19 spread
increases in any setting where individuals remove their face masks while eating and drinking and there is
increased interaction with those who do not live in the same household.

• Lowest Risk: Food/beverage service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curbside pick-up.
• More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curbside pick-up emphasized. On-site
dining/beverage service limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be
spaced further apart.

• Higher Risk: On-site dining/drinking with indoor seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced
further apart. And/or on-site dining/drinking with outdoor seating, but tables not spaced further apart.
• Highest Risk: On-site dining/drinking with indoor seating. Seating capacity is not reduced, and tables
not spaced further apart.

In the protocols that follow, the term “household” is defined as “persons living together as a single living unit”
and shall not include institutional group living situations such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities,
monasteries, convents, or residential care facilities, nor does it include such commercial living arrangements
such as boarding houses, hotels, or motels.1 The terms “staff” and “employee” are meant to include employees, volunteers, interns and trainees, scholars and all other individuals who carry out work at the site. The term “visitors” or “customers” should be understood to include members of the public and others who are not staff or employees who spend time at the business or site. The terms “establishment”, “site”, and “facility” both refer
to the building, grounds, and any adjacent buildings or grounds at which permitted activities are conducted.
“LACDPH” is the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

In addition to the conditions imposed on Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries by the State Public Health Officer,
Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries must also be in compliance with these safety and infection control
protocols.

Please note: This document may be updated as additional information and resources become available so be
sure to check the LA County website http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ regularly for any updates
to this document and related guidance.

 

Grades 7-12, Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, and Other Sectors May Reopen on Monday with Safety Measures in Place – 101 New Deaths and 947 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County – 3/12/2021

Today, the State announced 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people in the most under-resourced communities across the state which now allows L.A. County to move to the less restrictive red tier.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order has been updated today to closely align with the State’s re-opening framework and reflect the changes allowed in the red tier. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for certain sectors. The changes go into effect on Monday, March 15 at 12:01 a.m.

The modifications to the Health Officer Order include the following:

  • Museum, Zoos and Aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
  • Movie Theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
  • Retail and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
  • Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions: 8 feet distancing between tables; one household per table with a limit of 6 people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Public Health strongly recommends that all restaurant employees interacting with customers indoors are provided with additional masking protection (above the currently required face shield over face masks); this can be fit tested N95 masks, KN95 masks, or double masks and a face shield. In addition, Public Health strongly recommends that all employees working indoors are informed about and offered opportunities to be vaccinated. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from 3 different households.
  • Indoor Shopping Malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
  • Institutes of Higher Education can re-open all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
  • Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
  • Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to 3 separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing.

Businesses must implement all the requirements in the sector specific Public Health protocols. It is critical that directives and infection protocols are followed to minimize COVID-19 spread as much as possible. The comprehensive protocols for all sectors that reopen will be posted online later today.

Today, Public Health has confirmed 101 new deaths and 947 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,208,913 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 22,404 deaths.

There are 1,015 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 28% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for more than 5,937,000 individuals with 19% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 2.0%.

Of the 101 new deaths reported today, 30 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 31 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 12 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, 11 people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 29. Ten deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and five deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone who lost someone they cared about to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As certain activities are allowed to resume, we urge all residents to proceed with caution. COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to fall, but still remain at substantial levels. Vaccinations are occurring as quickly as supplies allow, but most people in our community are still not vaccinated. New variants of the virus that may spread more easily or cause more severe illness are present in our county; however, their impact on our local pandemic is largely unknown. If we continue to do everything we can to reduce transmission, we are confident that our public health measures also protect against spreading the variants.”

To date, nearly 2,742,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the county. Of those vaccinated, 899,527 people have received second doses. Next week, Public Health is expecting to receive 260,000 doses of vaccine, approximately 60,000 less than we received this week. The vaccine supply next week once again falls far short of the more than 600,000 doses that our provider network is currently capable of delivering. Public Health will not receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week, or the following week. We expect to begin receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again at the end of the month.

The County continues to expand mobile vaccination services to better meet the needs of those in underserved communities. This coming week, County mobile teams will go out to 79 senior housing and senior services locations to provide vaccinations, approximately double the number of sites reached this week.

Custodians and janitors, public transit workers, and airport ground crew workers are all now eligible to be vaccinated. Emergency service workers including social workers who handle cases of violence, abuse or neglect and foster parents providing emergency housing for young people, are also eligible to be vaccinated.

In addition to the residents and workers already eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, next week, on Monday, March 15, vaccine eligibility will open up to residents between the ages 16 through 64 who have underlying health conditions or disabilities that put them at the highest risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19. Providers and healthcare facilities are working to use their health record systems to identify patients who have these conditions and reach out to them so they can be vaccinated.

While the County is pleased to get started in vaccinating these high-risk groups, vaccine remains in very limited supply. For information about vaccine appointments in L.A. County and when your turn is coming up, to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

 

We will post more updates to this post and on social media as received. Please continue to monitor http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ for updates and monitor the school district websites below for updates:

Castaic Union School District
Newhall School District
Saugus Union School District
Sulphur Springs Union School District

LA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH STATEMENT ON SCHOOLS REGARDING REOPENING – 2/15/2021

“The state permits elementary schools to reopen as soon as we reach an adjusted case rate of 25 per 100,000. We are informing Los Angeles County schools tonight via an emailed letter that we expect to announce we have reached this threshold effective Tuesday, February 16.

This encouraging news means that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students grades TK-6 as early as this week.

All schools wishing to reopen must submit plans to the County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health certifying that they have implemented a full range of safety measures to permit a safe reopening.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer will release additional information Tuesday afternoon at a media briefing at 2:00 p.m. This is an encouraging milestone and we look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to ensure safety for students, teachers and staff returning to schools.”

We will post more updates to this post and on social media as received. Please continue to monitor http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ for updates and monitor the school district websites below for updates regarding reopening:

Castaic Union School District
Newhall School District
Saugus Union School District
Sulphur Springs Union School District

 


REVISED LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH ORDER REGARDING PLACES OF WORSHIP – 2/10/2021

In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and the subsequent change made by the State related to Places of Worship in Tier 1, Places of Worship can open for indoor services limited to 25% of indoor capacity and must continue to comply with the required modifications.

Learn more here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/reopening-la.htm#orders


CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM ROUND 2 – 2/2/2021

The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000 for eligible businesses. Businesses are eligible based on their annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return. Round 2 is currently open for applications and will close on February 8, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. PST. Selection notifications will occur February 11 – 18, 2021.

See if your business is eligible and submit and application today at https://careliefgrant.com/.


SANTA CLARITA VALLEY PPE DRIVE-THRU – 2/1/2021

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Westfield Valencia Town Center (Parking lot closest to Magic Mountain Pkwy. and Citrus)

The PPE Unite program is a joint effort to give small business owners and their employees access to much-needed personal protective gear. This public and private partnership program creates access to PPE, promotes PPE use, and provide additional resources for businesses.

The event will take place outdoors and adhere to LA County health and safety guidelines that include no contact PPE car loading and social distancing. This is a collaborative effort between the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, PPE Unite and Supervisor Kathryn Barger that focuses on engaging hyper-local communities and their small businesses in need. Private partners include Princess Cruises and Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Registration is required. Register at: https://www.ppeunite.org/ 


LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH ORDER ALLOWS OUTDOOR DINING, EFFECTIVE TODAY – 1/29/2021

The LA County Health Officer Order has been updated to allow outdoor dining at restaurants, breweries and wineries, effective today, January 29, with the following new protocols in place:

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Read the full Health Officer Order here.


STATE LIFTS STAY AT HOME ORDER, LOS ANGELES COUNTY MODIFIES HEALTH ORDER TO ALIGN WITH STATE – 1/25/2021

California health officials have lifted the regional stay-at-home order. Los Angeles County will align with the state order, ALLOWING the following to resume immediately beginning today:

  • Private Gatherings: Limited to 3 households & total of 15 persons; outdoor only
  • Family Entertainment Centers: Open for outdoor operations (50%)
  • Museums, Zoos, Aquariums: Open for outdoor operations
  • Cardrooms: Outdoor operations at 50%
  • Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Batting Cages: Outdoor operations at 50%
  • Outdoor Recreational Activity: Open
  • Hotels, Motels: Tourism and individual travel allowed
  • Fitness Facilities: Open for outdoor operations
  • Personal Care: Open at 25% indoor capacity
  • Faith Based Services: Outdoor only
  • Indoor Mall, Shopping Center, Lower-risk Retail: Open at 25% indoor capacity, food courts and common areas closed

Beginning Friday, 1/29/2021, Outdoor Dining may resume at restaurants and the 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew will be lifted. Read the full revised order here.


WASTE MANAGEMENT EXTENDS MODIFIED GREEN WASTE PICK-UP SCHEDULE – 1/22/2021

Waste Management has requested an additional week for its temporary residential green waste pick-up schedule for customers in Santa Clarita. Residential green waste pick-up, which normally occurs weekly, will continue to take place every other week, through January 29. With newly hired drivers and the anticipation of drivers returning from quarantine, Waste Management expects to return to normal levels of service beginning February 1, 2021.

The schedule modification means that ONLY residential green waste carts (yard waste) will be serviced once every two weeks on their regular service day. Trash and recycling pick-up schedules will NOT be affected. Affected residents will be notified the day before service changes using a combination of automated phone calls, emails and text messages according to each customer’s notification preferences.

The City of Santa Clarita continues to coordinate with its partner Waste Management to regularly communicate service changes to Santa Clarita residents. Waste Management customers are encouraged to provide updated contact information in order to receive service notifications and updates by email, phone call or text. Visit home.wm.com/santa-clarita to update your online account or register if you haven’t previously.

Please reference the map below and direct any questions regarding the schedule change to Waste Management at (661) 259-2398 or email environment@santa-clarita.com. Additional service updates can be found on the City’s social media @GreenSantaClarita.

20-21 Temp Green Waste Schedule (Updated as of 1/22/2021)


CHAIR HILDA L. SOLIS SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER MAKING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS 65 AND OLDER BEGINNING JAN. 21 – 1/18/2021

“Over the past several weeks, the County of Los Angeles has administered the vaccine to frontline healthcare workers, so that they can stay safe while doing the important work of saving lives, and residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities, and long-term care facilities.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been an enormous undertaking, especially during an unprecedented surge where cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to skyrocket.

However, if we are to ever get out of this dark winter, it is critical that we make headway vaccinating people 65 years of age and older as soon as possible – in line with Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommendations.

That is why I signed an Executive Order today directing the County’s Department of Public Health to make COVID-19 vaccinations appointments available to residents 65 years of age and older, beginning on January 21, 2021 – this is to allow for public health officials to adequately prepare for the rollout of the vaccine to this population,” stated Chair Hilda L. Solis.

Residents can go to VaccinateLACounty.com for more information or watch Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall tomorrow, January 19 on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Make appointments now in advance of Thursday, January 21: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/


VACCINE DISTRIBUTION AND PRIORITIZATION PLAN – 1/8/2021

Los Angeles County has stated that the supply of COVID-19 vaccines will be limited for the first few months. This means that the vaccine will be offered to different groups of people at different times. When enough vaccine is ready, it will be offered to everyone. Please see the phases linked below for estimated time frames. The phases will overlap so, for example, a person in Phase 1A may get their second dose of vaccine at the same time as a person in Phase 1B gets their first dose.

Vaccine Homepage with signup link for vaccine newsletter updates: http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm


REGIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER EXTENDED FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – 12/29/2020

The regional stay-at-home order was extended for at least three weeks on Tuesday, December 29, after the Southern California region’s intensive care units (ICU) available capacity remained at 0.0%.

The order will continue to be extended as long as the Southern California region remains under the state’s 15% ICU threshold.

We will share more updates here and on City of Santa Clarita social media as received.


SELF-QUARANTINE AND SELF-ISOLATION INFORMATION FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY – 12/28/2020

If you were traveling or are planning to travel back into LA County, you MUST quarantine for 10 days as required by the Health Officer Order. If you start to experience any symptoms or have a positive test, isolate for 10 days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours. For help and resources call 2-1-1.


MAYOR BILL MIRANDA PROVIDES A COVID-19 UPDATE AND SPEAKS TO HENRY MAYO NEWHALL HOSPITAL STAFF – 12/18/2020

Mayor Bill Miranda provides a COVID-19 update and speaks to some of our Health Care Heroes at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital:


HENRY MAYO NEWHALL HOSPITAL ADMINISTERS FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE ON 12/17/2020

Today, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital administered their first COVID-19 vaccine to Kathy Brady, a Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital ICU nurse. Watch the historic moment here: https://fb.watch/2rvRB-nKji/


LA PUBLIC HEALTH COVID-19 VACCINE VIRTUAL TOWNHALL ON THURSDAY, 12/17/2020 AT 6:00 P.M.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Townhall will occur this Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (PST) and will be broadcasted on LA Public Health’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels, @LACOUNTYPUBLICHEALTH.

Questions can be submitted in advance here: https://tinyurl.com/askcovidtownhall

For translation:
Spanish: (888) 664-1453
Chinese: (888) 664-1459
Korean: (888) 664-1454


PLAYGROUNDS REOPENED UNDER MODIFIED THE STATE’S REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER – 12/9/2020

The State has updated its Regional Stay At Home order to allow for the reopening of playgrounds and LA County will update its health order accordingly. Playgrounds in Santa Clarita are reopening. Please follow health protocols for gatherings, masking & physical distancing.

Learn more at: www.covid19.ca.gov


STATE OFFICIALS TO SEND CELL PHONE ALERTS TO REGIONS IMPACTED BY REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER – 12/8/2020

With COVID-19 spreading at an alarming rate throughout the state, and many Californians now under a mandatory, regional stay-at-home order, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will issue region-wide emergency alerts at noon on Tuesday, asking residents to stay home except for essential activities.

The Regional Stay-at-Home Order took effect in those two regions at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday and will remain in effect for at least three weeks. Regions will be eligible to exit from the order and return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy on December 28 if ICU capacity projections for the following month are above or equal to 15%.

The geographically-targeted text messages will be sent to residents in the San Joaquin Valley counties of: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

Likewise, targeted text messages will also be sent in the following Southern California counties: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

The alerts come as the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including data on intensive care unit (ICU) capacity shows that two regions, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, have dropped below 15% capacity triggering regional stay-at-home orders in those areas.

Get more details on how to protect yourself from COVID-19: www.covid19.ca.gov

Learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts: www.calalerts.ca.gov


MAYOR CAMERON SMYTH COVID-19 UPDATES – 12/7/2020

Mayor Cameron Smyth provides updates on the COVID-19 pandemic to the community on December 7, 2020:

 

PUBLIC HEALTH TO MODIFY HEALTH OFFICER ORDER AS ICU CAPACITY FALLS BELOW 15% IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – 12/5/2020

The State announced a Regional Stay Home Order will go into effect and would remain in effect for at least three weeks in California regions where ICU capacity falls below 15%. According to the State, as of December 5, the Southern California Region has 12.5% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining. The State advises the Order goes into effect Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m. and remains in effect for at least 3 weeks.

Because L.A. County is in the Southern California Region, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to fully align with additional safety measures across sectors and the required effective date. The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing. The State Regional Stay at Home Order is similar to the existing County Safer at Home Health Offer with additional sector closings.

The following sectors are required to close or remain closed for all operations:

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services as defined by the state
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays for recreational visits at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores and all common areas closed. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The Order does not modify existing school guidance. Schools that are open under County protocols can continue to provide in-person instruction as permitted.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare

Everyone in California must adhere to State Health Officer Orders. Counties may be more restrictive than State mandates, but not less restrictive.


REGIONAL STAY HOME ORDER – 12/3/2020

The Regional Stay Home Order will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

NOTE: This order DOES NOT go into effect until the ICU threshold is met.

The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about this order.

The state released a map of five regions and their current ICU capacity, as well as projected dates when regions will fall below the 15 percent threshold. The regions are:

• Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
• Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
• Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
• San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
• Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity, the following sectors must close:

• Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
• Indoor recreational facilities
• Hair salons and barbershops
• Personal care services
• Museums, zoos, and aquariums
• Movie theaters
• Wineries
• Bars, breweries, and distilleries
• Family entertainment centers
• Cardrooms and satellite wagering
• Limited services
• Live audience sports
• Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

• Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
• Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
• Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
• Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
• Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
• Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
• Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
• Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences.

Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

• Critical infrastructure
• Schools that are already open for in-person learning
• Non-urgent medical and dental care
• Child care and pre-K


TARGETED TEMPORARY SAFER AT HOME HEALTH OFFICER ORDER – EFFECTIVE 11/30/2020

Safety measures included in this new HOO outline directives that promote individuals remaining in their homes as much as possible, reduce capacity at sites where non-household members mingle, and curtail non-essential activities. All activities where individuals will be or can be in contact with non-household members require an appropriate face covering unless medically exempt. The Order will be in effect November 30, 2020 through December 20, 2020.

  1. Leaving Home: Individuals must stay home, except to travel to and from essential businesses, to work at or provide services to a healthcare operation or essential business/infrastructure, to engage in Essential Activities, or to participate in permitted
    individual or household outdoor and indoor activity while practicing required social distancing, infection control and masking. Sector protocols detail specific operating directives.

     

    • Exemption for essential businesses: Essential businesses/activities include health care, government, courts, infrastructure (energy, transportation, IT, chemical
      materials), defense, financial services, food & agriculture (production, manufacturing, preparation, retail), manufacturing and sale of essential goods, emergency services, communications (including film/tv/music production), and services for vulnerable populations.
    • Gatherings: All public and private gatherings and events with individuals not in your household are prohibited except for church services and protests.
    • Occupancy limits for permitted activities:
      • Permitted activities at facilities that operate outdoors where everyone is masked are at 50% max occupancy
      • Essential Retail that operates indoors where everyone is masked is at 35% max occupancy
      • Non-essential retail that operates indoors where everyone is masked is at
        20% max occupancy
  2. Permitted Outdoor Recreation for Individuals:
    • Beaches, trails and parks remain open for active recreation; running, biking, walking, swimming, playing outdoors are permitted with distancing, infection control and masking (except while swimming). Gatherings are prohibited with members outside of your household
    • Shared outdoor facilities for recreational activities already operating remain open for individuals or members of a single household with required distancing, infection control and masking; this is limited to golf courses, tennis courts,
      pickleball, archery ranges, skate parks, bike parks, community gardens. Outdoor and indoor pools that serve members from more than one household are closed except for regulated lap swimming (one swimmer per lane).
  3. Permitted Retail and Businesses:
    • Indoor facilities (masking, distancing, infection control required)
      • Essential retail businesses at 35% max occupancy
      • Non- essential retail businesses at 20% max occupancy (includes indoor malls); distancing, infection control and masking are required.
      • Personal Care services at 20% max occupancy; distancing, infection control and masking are required.
      • Restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries are closed for in-person dining/drinking as customers are unmasked most of their visit; these sites are open for pick-up and delivery.
      • Breweries and wineries are open for retail at 20% max occupancy.
    • Outdoor facilities/activities (masking, distancing, infection control required)
      • Fitness centers outdoors at 50% max occupancy
      • Museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens outdoors at 50% max occupancy
      • Mini-golf, batting cages, go-cart racing outdoors at 50% max occupancy
      • Drive-in movies/events/car parades permitted provided occupants of each car are members of one household
  4. Closed non-essential businesses/activities:
    • Non-essential office-based businesses (minimum basic operations permitted)
    • Playgrounds (exception for playgrounds at childcare and schools)
    • Cardrooms
    • Bars, clubs, lounges
    • Theatres, spectator performances/sporting events/events, bowling alleys, arcades
  5. Permitted activities that continue under current re-opening protocols:
    • Childcare/day care
    • K-12 Schools and Day Camps with new requirement for 14-day closure with any outbreak (3 cases or more over 14 days)
    • Institutes for Higher Education
    • Libraries (20% max occupancy)
    • Youth Sports (conditioning and skill building only)
    • Pro-Sports (spectator free)
  6. Curfew: Curfew requirements mirror the State HOO requiring that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence with members of other households cease between 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m., except for essential activities and those activities required by law. People experiencing homelessness are
    not subject to this curfew. Any number of persons from the same household may leave their residence if they do not engage in any interaction with individuals from other households.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA STATEMENT ON CLOSURE OF OUTDOOR DINING 11/23/2020

The City of Santa Clarita has released the following statement on Los Angeles County Health Orders restricting outdoor dining:

“Our Santa Clarita restaurants have taken great care (and expense) to remain in compliance with the Health Order to provide safe outdoor dining areas. The City of Santa Clarita has encouraged our local businesses to take necessary precautions to protect their clientele through the Safer Business Commitment. More than 200 local businesses have signed on – pledging to follow the latest safety guidelines and best practices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the Los Angeles County Department of Public Heath to unilaterally make the decision to close outdoor dining countywide on the eve of Thanksgiving, without any public debate or deliberation, is unconscionable. Currently, 41 counties in California are in the “purple tier” and remain able to provide outdoor dining. Other nearby counties, such as Ventura, have allowed safe outdoor dining to continue. The Department of Public Health’s own data shows that out of the Los Angeles County identified outbreak locations – restaurants account for only 3.1%. In the past, the City has sought a regional variance to allow for local data to guide our decisions and we continue the investigation into creating our own local health department. Additionally, on October 13, 2020, the Santa Clarita City Council took formal action to support the responsible re-opening of businesses to operate at a capacity that will initiate the economic recovery process. We are asking the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to hold a public hearing and call on the Department of Public Health to publicly justify this decision, that will cripple so many livelihoods.”

Supervisor Kathryn Barger sent out a statement today, also in opposition of the decision to prohibit outdoor dining. “These proposed measures by the Department of Public Health will further devastate local businesses and employees who have been asked to shoulder an unfair burden this year,” said Supervisor Barger, Chair of the Board. “Businesses throughout the County have invested thousands of dollars to ensure safety for their employees and customers only to be punished for the recent surge they have done everything in their power to prevent.”

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider modifications to the County Health Officer Order as part of Agenda Item S-1, which includes prohibiting outdoor dining, at their Regular Board meeting tomorrow morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Members of the public may address the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors during tomorrow’s live virtual Board meeting by calling (877) 226-8163 and entering participation code: 1336503. Please state you are calling regarding Item S-1 when addressing the Board of Supervisors.

Public comment is limited to the first hour of the Board meeting and callers are selected on a first come, first served basis. The public comment portion begins at the start of the meeting at 9:00 a.m., but callers can call-in sooner to increase the likelihood they are selected to speak. More information on tomorrow’s Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting can be found at: https://bos.lacounty.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=_CfyzS-3PKo%3d&portalid=1.

Written comments may also be submitted to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at https://publiccomment.bos.lacounty.gov/.


NEW RESTAURANT, BREWERY, WINERY AND BAR RESTRICTIONS AMID SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES 11/22/20

As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars as the five-day average of new cases increased to more than 4,000 cases. The modified order will take effect Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m.

To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next 3 weeks.

Learn more here.


CALIFORNIA STATE ISSUES LIMITED STAY AT HOME ORDER TO SLOW SPREAD OF COVID-19 11/19/20

In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

Learn more here.


NEW LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESTRICTIONS 11/17/20

Effective Friday, November 20, Los Angeles County will tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. These safeguards and restrictions protect the public health and safety of our residents, and their ability to be served in our hospitals.

The first measures, effective this Friday, are:

  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, personal care services—occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
  • The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% max outdoor capacity.
  • The number of customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
  • Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
    • Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
    • Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.

The Health Officer Order will be amended to reflect the above restrictions.

At this time, the County is reporting 2,884 cases as the five-day average and 1,126 hospitalized patients.

The County continues to anticipate the potential continued surge of cases and hospitalizations. The County has established thresholds for additional actions if cases or hospitalizations continue to increase.

If the five-day average of cases in the County becomes 4,000 or more or hospitalizations are more than 1,750 per day, the following restriction will be added:

  • Outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will be prohibited and these businesses will only be able to offer pick-up and delivery. Businesses in this sector are being notified via email by DPH, which will work with them to ensure a smooth transition.

If the five-day average of cases in the County becomes 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, the following restriction will be added:

  • A Safer at Home Order will be instituted for three weeks. The Order would only allow essential workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes.
  • A 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew would be mandated, with essential workers exempt.

GOV. NEWSOM UPDATE 11/16/20

California Governor Gavin Newsom Provides COVID-19 Updates for State

California Governor Gavin Newsom provided a coronavirus update to the public on Monday, November 16, 2020, addressing rising COVID-19 statistics and what the trends mean for communities throughout the state.

“Due to the alarming increases we are seeing in #COVID19 cases, CA is pulling an emergency [brake],” Governor Newsom posted on Twitter. “To slow the spread, 41 counties – 94% of California’s population – will now be in purple, the most restrictive tier.”

Los Angeles County remains in the Purple Tier – the most restrictive in the state’s classification system. No new restrictions have been put in place in Los Angeles County at this time, though no restrictions have been lifted.

Governor Newsom also announced the state is assessing the idea of a statewide curfew, but no decision has been made.

Further updates will be posted as they become available.


RISING COVID-19 NUMBERS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Article and image by SignalSCV.com on 11/9

“We’re always watching daily case count but what is more important is the issue of capacity, and how do cases translate to hospital stays,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth. “We still have plenty of capacity at local hospitals, and it’s important to remember currently nearly 25% of cumulative cases in SCV have been attributed to the local correctional faciliy. It’s important to look at the overall picture, but we’re going to keep tracking the cases with health officials.”

Read the full article here.

INDOOR MALLS, NAIL SALONS, PUBLIC PLAYGROUNDS TO REOPEN SOON

Updated as of 9/30

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a number of reopening plans Wednesday, including those for indoor shopping malls, nail salons and public playgrounds.

In the next 10 days, indoor shopping malls will be able to reopen at 25% capacity with food courts closed. Nail salons will also be able to reopen indoor operations at 25% capacity, though officials advise these establishments to continue with outdoor operations when available. Public playgrounds will be allowed to reopen at parks with City approval.

Official reopening dates for these sectors are expected to be announced by Los Angeles County by Friday, October 2. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.


LA COUNTY TO ALLOW BREWERIES & WINERIES TO REOPEN OUTDOORS NEXT WEEK

Updated as of 9/29

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to allow breweries and wineries to resume outdoor operations next week.

Establishments are expected to abide by safety guidelines, including but not limited to:

Outside operations;
Limited hours of operation;
Required reservations;
Appropriate social distancing;
All appropriate safety measures.

We will update as Public Health officials release more information and protocols regarding reopening.


Update from the Mayor

August 7, 2020

A full playlist of videos related to COVID-19 can be found on the City of Santa Clarita’s YouTube page.


Read the latest Health Order from the LA County Department of Public Health (9/2)


COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS ANNOUNCES SPRING 2021 REMOTE INSTRUCTION PLAN (9/14)

College of the Canyons will continue with distance education through the end of the Spring 2021 semester, Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook announced in a message to the campus community.

The decision was made after careful evaluation of guidance and analysis provided by county and state health authorities, as well as ongoing dialogue with faculty, staff and administrators about campus safety.

Read the full news release on the College of the Canyons website.


LA COUNTY ALLOWS MODIFIED INDOOR REOPENING OF BARBERSHOPS, HAIR SALONS AND SOME SCHOOL SERVICES (9/2)

Beginning Wednesday, September 2, hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to resume indoor operations throughout Los Angeles County with modifications in place. These establishments will be restricted to 25% occupancy for indoor operations, though those also offering outdoor services may continue to do so. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has posted protocols on its website for resuming indoor operations that business owners must follow.

Additionally, beginning Monday, September 14, K-12 schools may offer in-school services for a small cohort of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), students requiring instruction for English as a Second Language (ESL) or students needing assessments or specialized in-school services, as long as the school is able to fully implement the County Health Officer’s reopening protocols. The County will not be opening the waiver program for the instruction of students in grades TK-6 at this time. To learn more about school services being offered in Santa Clarita, please contact your child’s school district office directly.

No other changes have been made to the County Health Officer’s order.


GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW COUNTY TIERS (8/28)

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new tier system for counties regarding coronavirus case rates and test positivity rates, replacing the previous “County Watchlist.” The new tier system groups counties into one of four tiers: Widespread (purple), Substantial (red), Moderate (orange) and Minimal (yellow).

The State will evaluate case rates and test positivity rates weekly, beginning September 8, and move counties into a more or less restrictive tier as necessary. Tiers are tied to a county’s ability to reopen various sectors and activities, including in-person dining, personal grooming services and entertainment venues.

Counties must remain in their current tier (as set on August 28) for a minimum of 21 days before the state will consider moving a county to a new tier. In order to move to a lower tier, a county must meet the new tier’s metrics for two consecutive weeks.

As of August 28, Los Angeles County is in the Widespread/purple tier.

To learn more about the new tier system, please visit the State of California’s coronavirus Safer Economy website.


STATE RELEASES GUIDANCE ON YOUTH SPORTS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAIVERS (8/4)

The California Department of Public Health today released guidance on youth sports and detailed the process for elementary schools to request a waiver to resume in-person instruction in counties on the state monitoring list, including Los Angeles County.

Youth Sports must comply with cohorting and physical distancing requirements, with an emphasis on physical conditioning and skill-building. Read the guidance on Youth Sports.

School officials may apply for waivers to open grades TK-6 for in-person instruction, only if they can guarantee small cohorted instruction, receive sign-off from the local Health Officer, and consult with members of the school community. Learn more about the elementary school waiver process.


INDOOR OPERATIONS ORDERED CLOSED BY STATE (7/13)

Effective July 13, 2020, the State Public Health Officer has ordered that ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.

Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days – including Los Angeles County – will be required to shut down the following industries unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. The following must adjust operations in Santa Clarita effective immediately:

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

Monday, June 29, 2020 Marks the Single Largest One-Day Case Count Since Pandemic Began

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to see alarming trends of community spread. On June 29, the department announced 2,903 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the single largest one-day case count since the pandemic began. Key metrics continue to show steep increases in community spread. The 7-day average of daily reported new cases of COVID-19 is nearly 2,000, an increase from the 1,379 average two weeks ago. There are 1,710 people currently hospitalized, higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen in recent weeks. Everyone must continue to follow physical distancing and infection control directives and wear a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when in contact with other people not in your household.


A significant factor in getting the City of Santa Clarita back to normal after the effects of COVID-19 is the support and success of our local businesses. With your business now being safely reopened, help build community confidence by taking our Santa Clarita Safer Business Commitment.


LA County Orders Closure of Bars as of 6/28/20

CALIFORNIA ORDERS CLOSURES OF BARS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY (6/28)

Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the immediate closure of all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in Los Angeles County as of Sunday, June 28, 2020. For more information, please read a press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. A previous post is below.

Still closed as of Monday, June 29, 2020:

  • Lounges and nightclubs
  • Bars, breweries, tasting rooms, craft distilleries and wineries
  • Public entertainment venues: movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert venues, theme parks and festivals
  • Family entertainment centers: bowling alleys, arcades, mini golf and batting cages
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds for children (except those located within a school or childcare center)
  • Hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas not located on a residential property
  • All events and gatherings

Please read the updated Health Officer Order (6/28) for more information.


BARS, TATTOO SHOPS, NAIL SALONS AND MORE TO REOPEN BEGINNING JUNE 19

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a revised Health Officer Order on June 18. The following businesses are able to begin the reopening process beginning Friday, June 19, and must implement required protocols:

  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities
  • Personal care establishments, including nail salons, tattoo parlors, esthetician services, and skincare and cosmetology services
  • Bars, as well as Winery and Brewery tasting rooms

Updated information in the new health order is highlighted in yellow. Read the revised Health Officer Order.


LA COUNTY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL REOPENING MEASURES

*UPDATE* The Department of Public Health has posted the revised Health Officer Order for June 11, which includes information and protocols for businesses reopening June 12.

Original Post (June 10)

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced on Wednesday, June 10 that the following business types are able to reopen throughout the County beginning Friday, June 12:

  • Gyms and Fitness Facilities
  • Pro League Arenas w/o Live Audiences
  • Day Camps
  • Museums, Galleries, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Campgrounds, RV Parks and Outdoor Recreation (including Swimming Pools)
  • Music, Film and TV Production
  • Hotels, Lodging and Short-Term Rentals for Leisure/Travel

These are the only new businesses permitted to reopen in LA County at this time. Businesses must implement protocols required under the Health Officer Order for infectious disease control and physical distancing BEFORE they can reopen.

The revised Health Officer Order – including reopening protocols and further definitions of businesses that fall into the above categories – will be posted by the LA County Department of Public Health on Thursday, June 11. For more information on the protocols for these businesses, please visit the Los Angeles County coronavirus website.

Business owners will find protocols specific to their business type and the revised Health Officer Order by clicking “Reopening Protocols” and “Health Officer Order” on the left side of the DPH website.

BUSINESS REOPENING PROTOCOLS

  • The State of California has granted Los Angeles County permission to reopen restaurants for in-person dining, and resume services at barbershops and hair salons. This move comes after a request from the City of Santa Clarita to Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to allow for a variance to reopen businesses.
  • For information and protocols needed to reopen a business in Santa Clarita, please see the list of requirements from Los Angeles County on its coronavirus website.

City of Santa Clarita Amenities that are OPEN

City Hall

Santa Clarita Public Libraries for curbside pickup

City Dog Parks

Santa Clarita Skatepark

City Trails

City Parks (for walking and enjoying with members of your own household only)

City Park Restrooms

City-Owned Tennis Courts


County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Road Map to Recovery

The latest updates from Los Angeles County on what businesses and outdoor spaces are open.