COVID-19 Info

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.