July 8, 2021
When are masks required for everyone?
Masks will not be required for fully vaccinated people, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
  • On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings
  • Healthcare settings (including long-term care facilities)
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers
  • Indoors at mega-events with more than 5,000 attendees
  • Any business or government office serving the public that requires everyone to wear a mask
As Delta Variant Circulates, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Recommends Masking Indoors as a Precaution
With increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health strongly recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places such as grocery or retail stores, theaters and family entertainment centers, and workplaces when you don't know everyone's vaccination status. 

Update on the Delta Variant in Los Angeles County (as of July 1): The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is closely watching for Delta variants, which were first detected in India, and are now estimated to comprise more than 26% of U.S. cases. Between last week and this week, the number of Delta variants sequenced doubled to reach a total of 245, 47% of all sequences reported. The rising proportion of Delta among sequenced variants of concern is consistent with what other parts of the U.S. are seeing and represents increased circulation of the variant. Given that 4 million residents in L.A. County are not yet vaccinated, the risk of increased spread is very real.
Percent (%) of population 16+ vaccinated with at least 1 dose
As of June 27, 2021
Summer Wellness Challenge
For students and families, in partnership with Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District. The Summer Wellness Challenge features a 10-week lineup of inspiring activities that incorporates (1) nutrition, (2) gardening, (3) physical activity and (4) social-emotional health such as mindfulness, gratitude and community service. Each week focuses on a different theme and includes a detailed activity description and accompanying handouts.
Safe in the Sun
Long summer days. Beach volleyball. Family BBQs. Summer is in full swing and many of us are out enjoying the famous Southern California weather, hitting the beach and soaking up the sun. When you’re out and about, remember to protect yourself from ultraviolet (UV) rays.

UV rays are a type of radiation that comes from the sun and artificial sources like tanning beds and sunlamps. The sun’s UV rays can reach you year-round and on cloudy days, not only during the summer or on sunny days. Too much sun exposure can damage skin and eyes causing sunburn and cancer.
Looking to get back into exercise? The Center for Health & Fitness is now open for:
  • Indoor Workout Equipment Reservations 
  • Outdoor Group Exercise Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Small Group Training
  • Massage
  • Private Pilates
  • Virtual Classes
AdventurePlex is open for summer camp now through August 20! At this time, summer camp is the only program AdventurePlex will be offering, with daily and weekly camps available

Please provide your feedback for the future reopening of all our programs in our reopening survey.
Board of Directors Adopted Budget
At the June 23, 2021 Board of Directors meeting, the BCHD Board of Directors approved the adoption of the final operating and capital budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 as of June 30, 2021. View the budget presentation here.
Did you know?
BCHD is the only California health district to meet the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers’ standards of excellence and has received 16 CSMFO Excellence or Meritorious Awards since the 2007-2008 fiscal year. 
Virtual Mindfulness Drop-In
Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques. The guided session will be led by a trained Beach Cities Health District instructor. First Wednesday of every month.
Wednesday, July 7
 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Families Connected Parent Chat
A free parent support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center held in partnership with South Bay Families Connected. Open to all parents.
July 26 and August 30
10 – 11 a.m.
Virtual Happiness Chat
This is a casual discussion group with light-hearted activities to spark conversation. Share ideas, tips, resources, jokes, quotes – anything that supports our happiness!
12:30 1:30 p.m.
Virtual Social Hour with BCHD Care Manager, Charlotte Barnett
With many senior centers closed and many older adults unable to socialize, we want to provide a space for people to talk, ask questions and share their experience during COVID-19. Join us if you want to learn more about community resources or BCHD, or if you just want to connect! Open to all.
First & Third Tuesday of the month
11 a.m. 12 p.m.
Joslyn Community Center, Sunset Room
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

Stay home if you are sick

Get tested: Visit the County's website covid19.lacounty.gov/testing for a list of locations.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends testing for:
  • Anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or recent infection.
  • Unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. 
  • Unvaccinated people who spend time indoors around a lot of people not wearing masks, whether they’ve had symptoms or not.  

Get vaccinated. Everyone 12+ is eligible.
Note: People under age 12 cannot get vaccinated at this time because there are no vaccines authorized for use in this age group.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit bchd.org/covidvaccine.
Need Help?
If you or someone you know in the Beach Cities needs help with health-related information and referrals, please call our Assistance, Information & Referral line at 310-374-3426, ext. 256, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit us online at bchd.org/resources.
Healthy Living Campus
The 90-day comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Healthy Living Campus on Beach Cities Health District's property at 514 N. Prospect Ave. has now closed. The deadline to submit comments on the document was June 10 at 5 p.m. PT. The EIR team is now working on responding to comments and a public meeting will be scheduled in the coming months.
For more information, visit bchdcampus.org/eir.
CEQA Process Overview
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires state and local agencies within California to analyze proposed construction projects and provide an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) detailing potential environmental impacts and outlining measures to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. Below is BCHD'S tentative CEQA timeline.