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If you or someone you know have questions or need non-emergency assistance, call the Culver City Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 253-6890 (Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM) or email us at Coronavirus@CulverCity.org.
Culver City continues to cooperate with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County.
On March 11, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). A Proclamation of Local Emergency in Culver City was signed on March 14, 2020 and ratified by City Council on March 18, 2020. Since, the City has issued a public order and 19 supplements.
Revised Health Officer Order Requires Closure of Indoor On-Site Dining and Other Indoor Activities
On July 1, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he is directing several counties on the state's watch list to close indoor operations of certain sectors for a minimum of three weeks.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives and require the closure of:
- Indoor, in-person dining at restaurants
- Indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities
All persons and businesses in Culver City must follow the new Public Health Officer Order. The City of Culver City's Public Order remains in place; if the County or State issues an order stricter than the City's order, the stricter order must be followed.
Also, the Health Officer Order requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health). Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine.
Bars remain closed, and all events and gatherings unless specifically allowed by the Order remain prohibited. Additionally, face coverings and gloves must be worn at fitness facilities at all times.
The new Health Officer Order will be posted on the Public Health website.
All Bars, Breweries, Brew Pubs, Pubs, Wineries and Tasting Rooms Ordered to Close
On June 28, 2020, as directed by Governor Gavin Newsom, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) ordered the closure of all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in Los Angeles County, including Culver City, until further notice. View Public Health's new health officer order.
State and county public health officials have been closely monitoring COVID-19 infection rates and key metrics across the state and in Los Angeles County. Community spread of infection is of increasing concern. Public Health is reporting an increase in hospitalizations and the testing positivity rate has increased.
Public Health is concerned with the increasing cases among individuals between the ages of 18 and 40, now comprising forty-one percent of cases. People in this age range typically have low risk for serious illness or death, but these individuals may unknowingly infect parents, grandparents and friends and family who have underlying health conditions and who are at greater risk for serious illness and death.
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 around people outside of your household.
City Provides Businesses Additional Relief Through New Public Order
Consistent with the City Council’s direction at its June 9, 2020 meeting, the City Manager has issued a new public order that makes several modifications to the City’s Zoning Code. The modifications:
- Provide relief from parking requirements for outdoor dining areas;
- Provide reduced parking requirements for new restaurant uses;
- Create an expedited process for establishing outdoor dining and retail areas in private parking lots;
- Allow takeaway alcohol services, consistent with the State Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Regulatory Relief efforts; and
- Temporarily pause legal non-conforming use provisions so if a business’ operations are paused during the COVID-19 crisis, any legal non-conforming use status will still be available to them after the crisis has passed.
On May 11, 2020, the City Council approved the formation of the Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) to address the unique challenges of COVID-19 and spur economic recovery with a focus on public health and equity. Since formation, the ERTF has engaged more than 60 external stakeholders from 12 economic sectors to understand and respond to recovery priorities in our community. View the ERTF web page for more information.
Permit Process to Allow Restaurants and Retailers to Expand Outdoor Dining Due to Impacts of COVID-19
The City has established a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) process to allow retailers and restaurants to utilize adjacent public rights-of-way or their private parking lots to temporarily expand their outdoor dining and retail areas to allow for increased occupancy levels while adhering to physical distancing requirements.
- Right-of-Way Permit: The application for a Temporary Use Right-of-Way permit can be accessed online, completed digitally, and submitted electronically in order to expedite approval. More information, including the step-by-step process, standards and procedures and application to follow are available on the City’s website. Please note: the application includes a section for utilization of roadways; however, the roadway option is not available at this time pending City Council consideration.
- Private Parking Lot Permit: Businesses that wish to expand in their private parking lots may request an administrative Temporary Use Permit from the Community Development Director by submitting a letter and site plan in lieu of a formal application. For more information, or to apply for a TUP on private property, please call (310) 253-5765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Points to Keep in Mind
- The risk of COVID-19 remains high. Follow infection control practices at all times.
- Everyone must continue to practice physical distancing of at least six feet apart and wear a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when around people outside of your household. More information on cloth face coverings.
- The City’s new Order reiterates that all persons must wear a clean, cloth face covering over both their nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence and are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private places, whether indoors or outdoors. This includes wearing a cloth face covering when patronizing a business
- Acceptable, reusable face covering options for the general public include: bandanas, neck gaiters, homemade face coverings, scarves, tightly woven fabric (such as cotton t-shirts and some types of towels).
The CDC provides instructions on its website for how to make several types of homemade face coverings, including from a t-shirt and a bandana without any sewing required. A sampling of manufacturers selling face coverings is also available.
- Face Coverings while exercising (e.g., walking, biking, jogging): It is suggested that a face covering be carried with you while exercising. Place the face covering over your nose and mouth while passing by others.
- Face Coverings for Children: Children under the age of 2 should NOT wear cloth face coverings. Those between the ages of 2-8 should use them under adult supervision to ensure that the child can breath safely and to avoid choking or suffocation. Children with breathing problems should not wear a face covering.
- When outside of your home, practice social distancing. Maintain a minimum physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.
- If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least 7 days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- More things you can do to prevent illness.
Current Status of COVID-19
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports 214 cases in Culver City and 105,507 confirmed cases in Los Angeles County.
- California Department of Public Health reports 232,657 confirmed cases in California.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 2,624,873 cases across 55 US jurisdictions.
Los Angeles County offers a map-based dashboards page with information regarding COVID-19. From park closures to confirmed cases of COVID-19, these tools and dashboards map Los Angeles County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Updated on July 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM)
Mayor's Video Updates
- 19th Supplement to Public Order (06/19/2020)
- 18th Supplement to Public Order (06/12/2020)
- 17th Supplement to Public Order (06/10/2020)
- 16th Supplement to Public Order (06/01/2020)
- 15th Supplement to Public Order (05/27/2020)
- 14th Supplement to Public Order (05/22/2020)
- 13th Supplement to Public Order (05/20/2020)
- 12th Supplement to Public Order (05/19/2020)
- 11th Supplement to Public Order (05/14/2020)
- 10th Supplement to Public Order (05/07/2020)
- 9th Supplement to Public Order (05/01/2020)
- 8th Supplement to Public Order (04/28/2020)
- 7th Supplement to Public Order (04/11/2020)
- 6th Supplement to Public Order - Worker Protection (04/08/2020)
- 5th Supplement to Public Order (04/07/2020)
- 4th Supplement to Public Order (04/02/2020)
- 3rd Supplement to Public Order Allowing Firearm Retailers to Conduct Business During COVID-19 Local Emergency (04/01/2020)
- 2nd Supplement to Public Order (03/27/2020)
- 1st Supplement to Public Order (03/20/2020)
- Public Order: New City Measures to Address COVID-19 (03/16/2020)
Where Can I Find Help?
- LA County residents can call 2-1-1
- Culver City Coronavirus Hotline (310) 253-6890 (7:30 AM - 5:30 PM)
- Culver City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services
- LA County Mental Health Resources - LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 is available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals
- Financial Resources for County Residents
- LA County Department of Public Social Services
- Customers can apply for the following benefits online through the Your Benefits Now website or by calling the DPSS Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777.
- CalFresh - Food benefit program for individuals and families
- General Relief - Cash assistance program for single adults
- CalWORKs - Cash assistance program for families
- CAPI - Cash assistance program for immigrants
- Medi-Cal - Health benefits for individuals and families
- In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) - in home provided care for persons with a disability
- LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
Are you prepared? Visit our Emergency Preparedness web page for information on how to prepare.
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