RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
July 1, 2020
The City of Rolling Hills Estates is actively monitoring and listening to the health and policy experts at the federal, state and county levels and taking actions to adhere to requirements or implement policies based upon health expert recommendations.  This important email update is being sent to all City email subscribers to ensure the community is notified.

For important information, please   visit the City’s Coronavirus webpage.

July 1, 2020 Citywide Update
Governor Newsom Orders Some Businesses to Close Indoor Operations, Including Restaurants
Effective immediately, the California Department of Public Health is requiring counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for at least three (3) days to move certain sectors outdoors or close, including Los Angeles County. These closures will remain in place for at least 3 weeks.

Although not yet released, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with the Governor's directive.
Quarantine Fatigue is Real, But We Can’t Give Up
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is reporting continued increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Today, the department announced a fourth consecutive day of new cases over 2,000.

There are 1,783 people currently hospitalized, 26% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 18% are confirmed cases on ventilators. This is significantly higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen in recent weeks.

All of us, businesses and individuals, need to take immediate action if we are to turn things around. Otherwise, we are quickly moving toward overwhelming our healthcare system and seeing even more devastating illness and death from COVID-19.

Everyone should always wear a face covering securely over your nose and mouth and keep six feet apart from others not in your household when out in public. Businesses must continue to follow Public Health directives. Public Health reminds everyone that you remain safer at home.
LA County Beaches to Close for Fourth of July Weekend
LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH), last night, ordered the temporary closure of L.A. County beaches. Closures will begin July 3 at 12:01 a.m. through July 6 at 5 a.m., to prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19. In addition to the closure of all public beaches in L.A. County, the modified  Health Order  also includes:

  • The closure of piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths (that traverse sanded portions of the beach), and beach access points.
  • All recreational activities on beaches are prohibited.
  • Firework shows and events are also prohibited this July 4th holiday weekend.

Key metrics continue to show steep increases in community spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, DPH  announced  the largest one-day case count (2,900 new cases) since the pandemic began. Projections by L.A. County's Department of Health Services (DHS) also show a steep increase in hospitalizations in the coming weeks, which could cause a surge in our healthcare system.

For more information on how to stay safe, visit  covid19.lacounty.gov .
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
This weekend is a holiday weekend and as much as we all want to celebrate with friends and family, gathering with people outside of our households is not permitted and puts everyone at risk of COVID-19. Protect yourself and others by avoiding gatherings this July 4th.

To report any potentially unsafe conditions to the Public Health Department. To report a violation you can call (888) 700-9995, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Businesses Urged to Follow Health & Safety Protocols
LA County's battle against COVID-19 is far from over. While the county’s team of experts report individual action has contributed to L.A. County's further spread of COVID-19, they share actions of businesses have also played a critical role.

The top reasons behind L.A. County's further spread of COVID-19, as it pertains to businesses, is outlined in the image above. It includes this past weekend's inspections, which showed:

1) 49% of bars and 33% of restaurants did not adhere to physical distancing protocols indoors; and
2) 54% of bars and 44% of restaurants had workers without masks and face shields.

We know many businesses are doing what they can to adhere to protocols, in order to reopen and conduct business safely. Doing so is not only an investment in the progress and future of the business, itself, but in the community the business relies on, and in the progress we'd all like to see during this challenging time.

L.A. County businesses are urged to do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19. To help keep employees and customers on the Road to Recovery, remember:

  • You have every right to "reserve the right to refuse service" to those who do not adhere to safety protocols; and
  • No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask, No Service.

To access Reopening Protocols, visit  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/    
For assistance with Reopening Protocol questions, call (888) 700-9995 or email  Ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov .

Click here to report a non-compliant business , or call (888) 700-9995, Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Los Angeles-Area COVID-19 Recovery Fund: $3 million Available
As businesses and non-profits across the Los Angeles region continue to face challenges in response to the public health and economic crisis of COVID-19, partners across government and philanthropy have come together to deploy $3 million dollars in grants for small businesses, non-profits, and microentrepreneurs in a newly launched LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund.  

The $3 million dollar Recovery Fund, established as a joint effort by the County of Los Angeles, who have contributed $2 million dollars, and the City of Los Angeles, who have contributed $1 million dollars, as well as additional support from philanthropic partners, aims to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and microentrepreneurs that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, providing $5,000 grants to microentrepreneurs, and $15,000 grants to non-profits and small businesses. To ensure equitable access to capital across various demographics throughout the region, grants will be distributed through an equitable lottery system.

LA County Amended Health Officer Order
The County Health Officer Order will be amended to require that all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in LA County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants.

The Health Officer orders the closure of the following types of higher-risk businesses, recreational sites, commercial properties, and activities, where more frequent and prolonged person-to-person contacts are likely to occur.

Changes to the Order include the following:

  • Bars, breweries, tasting rooms, craft distilleries, and wineries that possess a valid low risk restaurant permit issued by the County of Los Angeles.

  • Brewpubs, craft distilleries and breweries and wineries, with premises set aside for beer and/or wine tasting, that are exempt from the definition of a food facility by California Health and Safety Code Section 113789(c)(5), and do not hold a health permit for preparing and serving food on site.

Face Coverings: Fake Face Mask Exempt Cards
Following reports of phony mask exemption cards that depict a government seal with threatening language, Public Health warns businesses and the public that this information is false.

Everyone, except children under the age of 2, should wear a face covering securely over their nose and mouth any time they leave the house and keep six feet apart from others not in your household when out and about. People with medical conditions that prevent safe use of a face covering are asked to wear a face shield.

Accurate information will always be distributed officially by Public Health through official channels in the form of a press release, on the Public Health website and through social media accounts @lapublichealth
CDC Expands List of People at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following press release expanding the list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. These include some of the following: removal of the specific age threshold from the older adult classification and updating the  list of underlying medical conditions that increase risk of severe illness.

Wastewater Fee Rebate for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses
If your business closed or had reduced wastewater discharges due to COVID-19, it may qualify for a rebate from the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. This program provides a partial rebate of the fiscal year 2019-20 Sanitation District service charge payment made on your property tax bill. To see if you qualify, email  rebate@lacsd.org .
 
For more information, visit  lacsd.org/covidrebate
Countywide Eviction Moratorium Extended through July 31
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors extended the countywide moratorium on evictions to July 31.

As a reminder, the moratorium prevents both residential and commercial tenants in Los Angeles County (including those in Rancho Palos Verdes) from being evicted for not paying their rent, for no-fault reasons, and other violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions about the moratorium, call (833) 223-RENT (7368), email  rent@dcba.lacounty.gov , or visit  dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions
Examples of What's Open in LA County
Through our Safer at Home efforts, we’ve collectively slowed the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County, allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and public spaces. However, COVID-19 remains a serious risk. Please continue to practice social (physical) distancing and wear a facemask whenever you are around others, and to wash your hands frequently. Also, remember to stay home if you are sick or if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick.

The following are examples of public sites and activities that are open and temporarily closed under the Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 Order. This is a partial list only and when at these sites, you must follow requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click on the links to learn about these requirements.
Recreation, Entertainment, Travel, and Learning
CAN BE OPEN:
• Beaches and Piers (except July 3-5)
• BMX Areas and Bike Parks
• Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation (including Equipment Rentals)
• Community Gardens
• Day Camps
• Drive-in Movie Theaters
• Golf Courses
• Gyms/Fitness Centers, including in Multi-unit Residential Housing
• Horse Riding/Equestrian
• Hotels for Leisure Travel
• Libraries (For Curbside Pick-up Only)
• Model Airplane Areas
• Music, Film, and Television Production • Parks (Playgrounds are closed.)
• Pickleball and Tennis Courts
• Pro-league Arenas without Live Audiences
• Public Pools and Pools in Multi-Unit Residential Housing (e.g., Apartments, Condominiums, and HOAs)
• Public Trails (Walking and Hiking)
• Shooting and Archery Ranges
• Vehicle-Based Parades
CLOSED FOR NOW:
• Arcades, Bowling Alleys, and Movie Theaters
• Bars, Wineries, and Brewery Tasting Rooms
• Baseball and Soccer Fields
• Basketball and Volleyball Courts
• Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering, and Racetracks with Onsite Wagering
• Festivals and Theme/Amusement Parks (including Water Parks and Splash Pads in these Parks)
• Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, and Spa Pools not on Residential Property
• Live Performance Theaters and Concert Venues
• Lounges and Nightclubs
• Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
• Stadiums and Arenas (Closed to the Public)
• Youth Sports Leagues
Shopping, Restaurants, and Personal Care
CAN BE OPEN FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING/SERVICES:
• Grocery Stores, Certified Farmers’ Markets, Farm and Produce Stands, Supermarkets, Food Banks, Convenience Stores, Wholesale Clubs, and Pharmacies
• Stores that Sell Products Needed for Your Home, such as Hardware, Building, Home Appliance, and Pool Supply Stores
• Lower-Risk Retail Stores, such as Bookstores, Jewelry Stores, Furniture Stores, Toy Stores, and Clothing Stores
• Pet Food Stores, Animal Daycare and Boarding Facilities, and Veterinary Clinics
• Hair Salons and Barber Shops, for Certain Services Only (i.e., The employee and the customer can both wear cloth face coverings and the service doesn’t involve touching the customer’s face.)
• Restaurants and Cafés (Pickup, Delivery, Outdoor dining)
CLOSED FOR NOW:
• Restaurants and Cafés (Indoor Dining)
Healthcare Services
CAN BE OPEN:
•Clinics
•Hospitals
•Dental Clinics
•Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Offices
•Optometrists
•Mental or Behavioral Health Providers
•Other Healthcare Settings
City Recreation Facility Status
Open
Parks and green spaces
Tennis courts
Horse arenas
Bridle trails
Pedestrian pathways
Hiking trails at George F Canyon and Chandler Preserve
Peter Weber Equestrian Center (limited)

Closed
Playground equipment
Basketball and volleyball courts
Sports fields are closed for group activities, including team practices, but open for individual/household use.
George F Canyon Nature Center
Are you a senior or disabled Rolling Hills Estates resident in need of assistance?

Let us know.... please call City Hall at (310) 377-1577 during regular business hours, Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We are here to help.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives and require the closure of: 

  • Indoor, in-person dining at restaurants 
  • Indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums 
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities 

Also, the Health Officer Order requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health). Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine. 

Bars remain closed and all events and gatherings unless specifically allowed by this Order remain prohibited. Additionally, face coverings and gloves must be worn at fitness facilities at all times. 

Los Angeles County continues to see steep increases in community spread of COVID-19. There are 1,889 people currently hospitalized, 27% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 18% are confirmed cases on ventilators. This is the largest number of people hospitalized since early May. 

There are 2,002 new cases of COVID-19. This is the fourth consecutive day of new cases over 2,000. And today's number is missing lab reports from one of the larger labs.

Please note: As of July 1, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates had 24 confirmed cases . This number does not represent recovered cases as that data is not provided by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

More Information and Resources Available
COVID-19 Updates
Residents and businesses can continue to monitor the City's dedicated COVID-19 Updates webpage, which has been newly redesigned for ease-of-use and increased resource information at RHE.city/Covid19 .

Here you will find latest updates, information for seniors and businesses, information on utilities, current status of local restaurants, etc.

The City is working diligently to identify additional resources for the community, especially for our high risk seniors.
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