COVID-19 Update: New Orders & Closures
The City of Whittier is requiring all residents and businesses to adhere to the Stay At Home Health Order, revised by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The Order mandates the closure of non-essential businesses, prohibits all private or public indoor and outdoor gatherings, 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. Read the County's latest press release noting there are 3,518 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County as of today.
The revised Stay At Home Order now includes golf courses and hair salons in its list of non-essential businesses, and all gatherings, whether private or public, are prohibited. Violations of the Safer at Home Order by businesses within Los Angeles County may be reported to the Health Department at 888-700-9995 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, the City of Whittier's Economic Development division has published a resource page for local businesses with information on disaster relief assistance and links to partner agencies.
LA County officials also issued two new Health Orders on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The first Order mandates that all individuals who have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves. The second Order requires all household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers, and others who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 while that person was symptomatic must quarantine themselves. Both Orders stress the importance of separating individuals who have been diagnosed with or were exposed to COVID-19 from others until it is determined that they are no longer at risk for spreading the disease. This protects everyone, including people who are high risk for serious illness, such as older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
In an effort to enforce greater measures of social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Department has also closed all hiking trails and state beach parking lots. View the Health Order, issued on March 27, here. Similarly, the Puente Hills Habitat Authority officially closed all local trailheads, effective Monday, March 23,2020. Learn more on the Habitat Authority website.
Governor Gavin Newson signed Executive Order N-40-20 on March 31, providing relief for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. California Governor Gavin Newsom has also issued a statewide hold on evictions, effective March 27 through May 31, 2020. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19. The Whittier City Council met via phone on March 24 and enacted a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions in the city through May 31 as well. The State's Order supersedes the City's residential order, however evictions for both residents and businesses have now been halted through the end of May. Additionally, the Governor's Stay At Home Executive Order is in place until further notice, requiring all individuals to remain home and avoid non-essential interaction with others including work, travel and all gatherings.
Residents are urged to visit www.cityofwhittier.org/COVID19 regularly for up-to-date facts on COVID-19 and additional resources. New information will continue to be provided and people are encouraged to follow @whittiercitygov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for prevention tips and important notices regarding local actions and mandates. The White House and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has 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 even mild illness should stay home; seek medical care immediately if the illness is severe; and call 911 for medical emergencies.
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