COVID-19 Update: March 20 - 4:30 P.M.
CITY OF WHITTIER NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020
CONTACT: Shannon DeLong, Assistant City Manager, (562) 567-9301
WHITTIER TO ADHERE TO LA COUNTY’S SAFE AT HOME ORDER REGARDING COVID-19
WHITTIER, Calif. – In light of the evolving response to COVID-19 and the protection of public health, the City of Whittier will require all residents and businesses to adhere to the latest Order issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The Order mandates the closure of non-essential businesses, prohibits indoor and outdoor gatherings of 10 or more persons, and requires all persons residing within LA County to avoid community transmission of coronavirus by staying home. The complete Order may be viewed on the County’s Public Health website here.
Although all City facilities will remained closed through April 19, 2020, as directed by the latest Order, essential services including public safety and utilities such as water, sewer, and critical infrastructure will still be provided. Dial-a-Ride transit service is available for medical appointments and to grocery stores only. Additionally, our Parks, Recreation & Community Services department is issuing refunds for pre-scheduled winter recreation programs and classes, and upcoming spring sessions have been canceled.
The Order indicates that businesses including gyms, bars, clubs, theaters, live entertainment venues, and the like shall not operate, but that essential businesses including grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare offices, gas stations, financial institutions, and others may continue to provide services. Restaurants may remain open for takeout, drive-through, and delivery only. Businesses should check with the County and State Health Departments to ensure compliance with their guidance and directives.
As the federal government has declared a nationwide state of emergency, and the Governor of California enacted a similar Stay at Home Order this week, the City is taking precautionary measures to ensure vital services remain available to protect the welfare of the community. The collective strategy is to limit the opportunity for people to come into contact with one another, so as to limit the spread of the coronavirus, referred to commonly as social distancing.
“City staff is committed to providing continuity of service to our residents while ensuring the continued health and well-being of those in our community. Remember to check in on your neighbors, especially those in need, and do your part to practice social distancing to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in Whittier. We are all first responders now – together we are Whittier STRONG,” stated Mayor Joe Vinatieri.
Residents are urged to visit www.cityofwhittier.org/COVID19 regularly for up-to-date facts on COVID-19, and to avoid misinformation. New information will continue to be provided and people are encouraged to follow @whittiercitygov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for resources, tips and important notices regarding mitigation of community transmission. The White House and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently published guides to mitigating transmission for specific groups within our community, and residents should continue to take general health precautions that prevent the spread of viruses. Anyone experiencing mild illness should stay home; seek medical care immediately if the illness is severe; and call 911 for medical emergencies.
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