March 12, 2020

Dear Beach Cities community,

As a local health resource in the community, Beach Cities Health District is taking a preventive approach in line with recommendations from public health officials to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

To protect the health and well-being of our community, we are temporarily closing our Center for Health & Fitness and postponing or cancelling all BCHD public meetings and select events, volunteer trainings, classes and workshops until the end of April.

BCHD is following the guidance of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), which is recommending that members of vulnerable populations who are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems, practice social distancing immediately and avoid being in close contact with others who are ill. 

In addition, the state’s public health officials updated policy on gatherings includes postponing non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of six feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are members of vulnerable populations (pregnant women, older adults and people with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems) should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.

We all have a role in the health of our community—everybody can be a leader and practice social distancing and good public health hygiene. Now is the time to support our community and support one another.

To continue to safely serve our community, we've decided to make changes to the below events and services. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as needed, and make updates to our website and social media channels. Staff will also be reaching out to affected groups and participants next week. We appreciate your patience.
Public Board & Committee Meetings
BCHD is postponing all public board meetings, committee meetings and study sessions (including the March 19 Study Session) in March and April to ensure full transparency and public participation when the Board considers potential modifications to its Healthy Living Campus plan. This decision was also based on community input. In contrast to city and school public meetings, BCHD meetings occur monthly and therefore these postponements will not adversely impact BCHD’s continuity of operations and two additional regular meetings will be scheduled by resolution later this year.

Center for Health & Fitness
BCHD will also suspend operations and classes at its Center for Health & Fitness, effective March 14 through April 30, 2020. The fitness center is a certified medical fitness facility by the Medical Fitness Association with more than 2,500 members, whose average age is 65. Older adults are one of the vulnerable populations who are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and 74% of CHF members are aged 60 years or older.
Online video classes will be available next week to help members continue their health and fitness routine. Specific member information will be sent shortly.

Other BCHD Events
All BCHD events, volunteer trainings, classes and workshops that fall under the recommended guidelines for members of the vulnerable populations and gathering thresholds mentioned above will be postponed or cancelled. Please visit for up-to-date information.

BCHD Services
BCHD will continue to deliver services to older adult clients and provide case management at this time. We have taken precautions to ensure that staff and volunteers are aware of the LACDPH recommendations to protect themselves and others from respiratory infections like the flu and COVID-19. At this time, AdventurePlex will remain open to public. 

Health-related information and referrals
During this time of heightened health concern, BCHD is available to offer help and support. As always, we are committed to the health and well-being of our community.
For any questions or concerns, please reach out to our information and referral line at 310-374-3426, ext. 256 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or email [email protected] . Visit  for information about COVID-19 or to find assistance related to mental health and social-emotional health for youth and adults in addition to support groups and emergency services. We are here for you during this uncertain time.

For more information about COVID-19 visit:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization