City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | COVID-19 Update 8
"Safer at Home" Modifications: Certain Businesses Allowed to Re-Open Today, Friday, May 8
L.A. County is beginning the process of re-opening, starting with allowing certain businesses to re-open. Today, Friday, May 8, specific businesses may re-open on an extremely limited basis. All employees and customers at these businesses must continue to physically distance and follow infection control procedures. This includes staying six feet apart and wearing cloth face coverings while around others.

  • Florists, clothing stores, toy stores, bookstores, music stores, and sporting goods stores may open for curbside pickup only. In-store shopping is not yet permitted.

  • Trails may reopen. At all trails, users must continue to practice physical distancing and avoid groups. Cloth face coverings should be used when in close contact with others. They should not be used during solo outdoor exercise. Please review Re-Opening Trails (PDF) from L.A. County Public Health.

  • Car dealership showrooms may open with physical distancing and infection control practices.

  • Golf courses may re-open with restrictions. All participants must practice physical distancing. There is a limit of one person per golf cart. Pro shops will remain closed. All restaurants and/or concessions at golf courses must limit service to take-out only. 

You can find additional guidance for these businesses on the LACDPH COVID-19 website.

For more information about L.A. County's phased approach to reopening, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery/ and check out the LACDPH Roadmap to Recovery.

Business owners and customers may also review State guidance for reopening, by industry, at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.

Please note that these modifications apply to businesses within L.A. County and the City of Signal Hill. The City of Long Beach has its own health department, and in the future, may choose to make different changes to its "Stay Home" order. Visit http://longbeach.gov/covid19 to learn about Long Beach's health orders.
Please Continue to Practice Physical Distancing
COVID-19 is still a threat to all of us. During this new phase of "Safer at Home", p hysical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, and frequent hand washing will continue to be very important throughout the foreseeable future. This will be our "new normal" for a while. We are all still "Safer at Home", and County Public Health asks residents to continue to stay home as much as possible through at least May 15.

People who have underlying health conditions and those over 65 years old will still be at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19. They will still need to stay at home as much as possible, have essentials delivered, and should call their providers immediately if they have even mild symptoms of illness.
What Are "Underlying Health Conditions"?
You may have heard the term "underlying health conditions" a lot lately. While people who are 65 and older are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19, people of any age with certain underlying health conditions are also at-risk. These health conditions are more common than you may think. Any chronic illness that affects the lungs, immune system, or heart can put a person at-risk. This might include the following:
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • COPD
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Smoking
Learn more about underlying conditions from the CDC. If you are 65 or older, or suffer from one of the above conditions, please monitor your health closely. If you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, even mildly, contact your health care provider right away. Please stay home and arrange for food, medical supplies, and other essential items to be brought to your door through family, neighbors, or delivery services. Call 2-1-1 if you need assistance getting food and other essential items.
COVID-19 and People of Color
According to L.A. County Public Health, African Americans, and possibly other communities of color, appear to be at greater risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Unfortunately, L.A. County Public Health data shows that African Americans are becoming very sick and dying at a greater rate than other groups.

Please take a moment to review specific information from LACDPH to learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on communities of color.

Everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, or health status, should continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings, wash hands often, and stay home as much as possible to protect all members of our community from the spread of COVID-19.
New Resources and Assistance
Property Taxes: The State is waiving penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for taxpayers who demonstrate they have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This waiver extends through May 6, 2021. This will apply to residential properties and small businesses. Additionally, the deadline for certain businesses to file Business Personal Property Statements is extended to May 31, 2020, to avoid penalties. Read the Governor's Executive Order.

The  L.A. County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center offers various resources and information for workers and businesses, and tenants and landlords. Live counselors are now available by phone 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays to help you find the resources right for your situation. Call 833-238-4450, visit  LACountyHelpCenter.org  or e-mail DisasterHelpCenter@lacounty.gov for assistance.

Senior Meals: The Great Plates Delivered Program offers free delivery of three nutritious meals per day to eligible residents. The program partners with local restaurants to provide meals to seniors, at-risk individuals, and those who are otherwise unable to access meals. Please call 2-1-1 to apply for this program.

The Community Services Department is still accepting applications for the Brown Bag Food Distribution Program. This limited program offers free weekly grocery delivery for qualifying low-income seniors and families in Signal Hill. Please call 562-989-7330 or visit our website .

There are online exercise classes just for seniors that can be done in the comfort of home, without special equipment. Check out these free online exercise classes:
We are constantly adding new information to our website that may help residents, business owners, workers, families, and individuals. Please visit cityofsignalhill.org/covid19resources..
Stay Informed
Please stay informed by visiting www.cityofsignalhill.org/coronavirus for up-to-date caseload data, news, and important facts on COVID-19. We are constantly updating this page. Please also follow the City’s Facebook page @CityofSignalHill for real-time updates. We are using #COVID19SignalHill. Feel free to encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for these updates. Visit cityofsignalhill.org/enewsletter .
The City of Signal Hill offers a 24/7 hotline with important COVID-19 information. Please call 562-989-7392 to hear recorded information on the County "Safer at Home" order, City-specific closures and contact information, and general COVID-19 safety and health guidance.
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Signal Hill City Hall
2175 Cherry Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Hours (Phone/Email Only)
Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
562-989-7300
Signal Hill City Council
Mayor:
Robert D. Copeland

Vice Mayor:
Tina L. Hansen

Council Members:
Keir Jones
Edward H.J. Wilson
Lori Y. Woods