In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, LA County issued a minimum 3-week closure for in-person dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars. Take-out, drive-thru and delivery services are still permitted.

In an effort to boost business for the restaurant industry, the City of Torrance has launched "Takeout Tuesdays." Torrance urges the community to takeout on Tuesdays. Share a picture with us, tag us and use #TorranceTakeOut to show your support for our local restaurants. Thank you for supporting our Torrance businesses!

For a list of Torrance Restaurants, visit TorranceCA.Gov/COVID19
While turning to online retailers may be tempting for many this holiday season, the City encourages the community to support local businesses when doing their holiday shopping. Many local businesses have created new ways to engage with their customers, from direct online ordering to curbside delivery, in order to provide safe and convenient options.
The holiday season is a prime time for hackers, scammers, and online thieves. Due to the pandemic, this holiday season may look and feel a bit different, but we all still need to be aware of the potential dangers online shopping can bring and the ways we can protect ourselves. While millions of Americans will be online looking for the best gifts and Cyber Monday deals, hackers will be looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers by searching for weaknesses in their devices or internet connections or attempting to extract personal and financial information through fake websites or charities.  
The best defense against these threats is awareness. There are a few simple steps we all can take to be more secure before and after we shop.

  1. Check your devices - Before starting your hunt for the best deal, make sure your devices are up-to-date and all of your accounts have strong passwords. If you purchase an internet connected device or toy, change the default password and check the devices’ privacy and security settings to make sure you’re not sharing more information than you want.
  2. Shop through trusted retailers - Before making a purchase and providing any personal or financial information, make sure you’re using a reputable, established vendor. Similarly, if you’re planning to make a charitable donation, be sure to research who or where your donation is going, to ensure it’s a legitimate organization. 
  3. Using safe mode for purchases - If you can, use a credit card or other forms of digital payments opposed to a debit card as credit cards often have better fraud protections. 

TorranceAlerts is a mass notification system designed to keep Torrance residents and businesses informed of emergencies when a "call-to-action" is required. TorranceAlerts also provides "advisories" on major weather events, traffic, community events, and more. Register here for TorranceAlerts to receive emergency notifications, advisories, and other information.
We’ve moved! The Coyote Management Program has found its new home in the Community Services Department. The Coyote Management Team is moving towards enhanced data collection, analytics, education, and community outreach through a defined set of goals and objectives, open communication, and team-building strategies. Visit our new homepage to learn more: www.TorranceCA.Gov/Coyotes
Call the 24-hour Coyote Hotline at (310) 618-3898 or fill out the Coyote Sighting Survey to report a coyote sighting or incident. Prefer to use your mobile device? Download the MyTorranceCA app, available on iTunes and Google Play Store

Always, if there is an immediate threat, call 911.
For information on City event status, City closures, executive orders, and news related to COVID-19, please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/COVID-19.
What should you do if you come in contact with a person infected with COVID-19?

It is important to keep tabs on who you have come in contact with through contact tracing. Being able to retrace your steps may help in notifying others that they may have been exposed. Contact Tracing...
When is it time to get tested? What should you do if you test positive? Find out the necessary steps you should take when getting tested for COVID-19. COVID-19 Testing...
COVID-19 has been stressful on everyone. If you or anyone you know needs someone to talk to during these times, please call the Los Angeles County Information line at 2-1-1. Coping with Stress...
All Californians are required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing while in public. Face coverings are to be worn if you are in line or inside indoor public spaces, while receiving services from healthcare, waiting for or while riding transportation, at the work place, and interacting with the public. Face coverings are not required in outdoor public spaces, such as parks, as long as social distancing is maintained or if you are with people from the same household.
Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Some ways to practice social distancing include:
  • Staying six feet away from people when possible.
  • Trying your best to avoid contact with sick people.
  • Staying home if you are sick.
For more ways to protect yourself and others, visit www.CDC.Gov
What are the necessary steps to take if you get sick? The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has provided guidance for those who may have become ill due to COVID-19. What to do...
On Thursday, December 3, Governor Newsom announced a Regional Stay Home Order that prohibits gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The order will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region's projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%.
The California Department of Public Health has announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, The County of Los Angeles Public Health Officer has issued a Temporary Order advising residents to stay home as much as possible with additional safety modifications including prohibiting gatherings with individuals not in the same household (except for religious services and protests), new occupancy limits at various businesses, and closing Higher-Risk businesses, recreational sites, commercial properties, and activities, where more frequent and prolonged person-to-person contacts are likely to occur. This order is effective until December 20, 2020.
As families start to plan for the holiday season, it is important to consider how to celebrate safely in order to minimize the risk of exposure of COVID-19. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has shared information on how to take part in the holiday season that reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The Del Amo Fashion Center is open for indoor shopping! The mall will be open at 20% occupancy Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Individual store hours and openings may vary. Please continue to practice social distance protocols while visiting the shopping center. For more information, visit www.Simon.com/Mall/Del-Amo-Fashion-Center.
In accordance with the County of Los Angeles Health Officer Temporary Order effective November 30, 2020, all playgrounds are closed, except for playgrounds located within childcare centers or schools.

No sports, games, or practices are currently allowed in Torrance Parks, including:
  • Informal, pick-up, scrimmages, or other unorganized games, practices, drills, or conditioning involving non-household groups

Sports fields such as softball and soccer fields are open to groups or organizations who are able to secure a permit for usage following all appropriate COVID-19 protocols. For more information, please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/Services/Parks/Sports-Fields 
Due to the "Safer at Home" Order from the State and Los Angeles County, the City of Torrance has suspended street sweeping parking enforcement until further notice. We still encourage residents to move their cars when possible to allow for street sweeping.
Some grocers in the City of Torrance have reserved shopping hours for members of vulnerable groups. These groups include seniors, customers with disabilities, pregnant women, and individuals with compromised immune systems. Torrance Grocers...

Residents who wish to refrain from leaving their homes can still get goods delivered to them. There are many delivery services in the City to help you continue shopping from home. Find a delivery service or grocery program that fits your needs! Grocery Resources...
The Torrance Public Library is committed to providing excellent service to residents while following state guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Reserve your books and materials or call your local Torrance Public Library to schedule a pickup time. Library staff will contact you when your materials are ready for pickup. You must show your library card or photo ID at the point of service to receive the reserved material.

Book drops are open at all Torrance Public Library locations. Please place the materials in the book drops. Staff is not taking materials in person. The Torrance Public Library would like to remind its patrons that there are no library fines during this time, and all hold requests continue to remain on reserve. 

For more information, visit www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov. Library staff is available to answer any questions at (310) 781-7599, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or email LibraryReference@TorranceCA.Gov
Count on us, because Torrance Cares. #TorranceCares PSA...
The City of Torrance is gradually working towards reopening under the Safer at Home Order that was issued by Los Angeles County. While businesses start to reopen, it is important to follow the necessary guidelines and safeguards the county has laid out. Prior to reopening, businesses must take the extra time to consider the protection of workers, ensuring appropriate physical distancing, ensuring proper infection control, clearly communicating protocols to the public, and making sure all populations, including those who are at high-risk, can be equitably served.

Planning for an extended exterior to accommodate COVID-19 safeguards? Draft an application and conceptual layout and submit it to CDDinfo@TorranceCA.Gov for review. Filing fees associated with proposals for expanded exterior arrangements are currently free, courtesy of The Office of Economic Development.
Together, Safer at Work Los Angeles committed to reopening LA County as safely as possible. The region's mission is to thrive in the new normal. One of their current priorities is to make sure all essential workers feel safer at work. The #SaferAtWork campaign is designed to help LA County businesses, employers, workers, consumers, and residents during these difficult times. They've prepared a short survey to help tailor their campaign to their region's needs in order to continue to raise awareness about best practices across all sectors in LA County to support our local economy. Learn more: SaferAtWork.LA
Governor Newsom announced a package of assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including sales tax relief, $500 million in grants, and an additional $12.5 million added to the California Rebuilding Fund. If you are a small business or non-profit interested in the $500 million grant program, the California's Office of the Small Business Advocate is working quickly to establish the program - Sign up for updates.

The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program aimed at helping our small businesses during these unpredictable times. Businesses that have under 50 full time employees and had a gross revenue of $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply for this loan. Please note that this loan will need to be paid back on a three or five year term. See if your small business is eligible today! California Rebuilding Fund...
LA County launched a grant program to help restaurants impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Eligible businesses can receive $30,000 for Working Capital Assistance. The Program is only available to small businesses located in Los Angeles County, not including the Cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, that can show their business was impacted by COVID-19. Businesses that have already received assistance from other Los Angeles County CARES Act or COVID-funded programs, are not eligible for this Program. Restaurants that provided outdoor dining as of November 24, 2020, will be given preference and selected based on order of submission. Application period is open until Sunday, December 6th at 11:59 p.m. or until 2,500 applications are received, whichever comes first. Check eligibility and apply here...
Due to the upwards trends of COVID-19 cases in the community and in accordance with the CDC, Torrance Memorial are taking extra steps to protect their patients and staff. They will once again restrict in-person inpatient visitation.

They remain fully open for all patient services. Please do not delay your medical care.

For the most up-to-date guidelines, visit www.TorranceMemorial.org/Visitors.
The PPE Unite program is a joint effort to give small business owners and their employees access to much-needed personal protective gear. Supplies for you and your staff may include: face masks, hand sanitizer and face shields. Get your 30 day supply of free Personal Protective Equipment to keep your business compliant and employees safe. This PPE has been made available to California small businesses through the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). Sign up now to get PPE while supplies last.
COURTESY OF: @craftgypsy
Sunday, December 6 | 6 P.M. | $20
Torrance Theatre Company
The Torrance Theatre Company is bringing you another great performance that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Eight war veterans share their stories from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Learn from their first hand experiences as they share what it took for each of them to receive Medal of Honor awards. This performance of Beyond Glory is based of the book written by Stephan Lang. Keep Theatre Alive....
Thursday, December 10 | 9 A.M.
The California Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing virtually through video and teleconference on Thursday, December 10 to review an application for a Coastal Development Permit filed by the City of Torrance related to the regulation of Short Term Rental uses Citywide in the Coastal Zone, Short Term Rental Ordinance No. 3861. For more information on the public hearing item and how to participate, please view the California Coastal Commission Notice of Public Hearing. Coastal Commission Hearing...
Now through Tuesday, December 15
Christmas is coming and Santa wants to know what to bring you! The City of Torrance has teamed up with Santa to make sure he receives every letter sent to him. Santa accepts emailed letters and mailed in letters. Send emails to Santa@TorranceCA.Gov and mail letters to Santa Claus at 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA, 90503. Santa also told us he will write back whoever sends him a letter! We promise all of your letters will get to him in time for Christmas. You can send your letters to Santa from November 19 through December 15.
Monday, December 28 - Wednesday, December 30
9 A.M. - 4 P.M. | Residents $92 Non-Residents $102
Greenwood Park
1520 Greenwood Avenue
Spend your Winter Break with us at Camp Torrance! Torrance Recreation staff have a lot of fun games, challenges, arts ,and sports activities planned. Activities will take place outdoors and inside of the park room. Camp Torrance is offered to children from ages 6 - 14. Registration is open through December 21. Camp Torrance follows all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Protocols to ensure the safety of camp-goers and staff. For more information, please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/DayCamps.
Welcome Home, South Bay
Home Share South Bay, in partnership with Silvernest, helps compatible homeowners and renters find each other, then provides support all the way through their homesharing journey. Begin your homesharing journey today. For details and assistance, visit Home Share South Bay or email Laurie Jacobs at Laurie@SouthBayCities.org.

COVID protocols are included in the matching process.
Third Quarter Report 2020
The Community Development Department has released its 3rd quarter report 2020 featuring the Downtown Does Dining Al Fresco and the redevelopment of the former Toyota Campus. Discover what the department has been up to in the most recent quarter.
Registration is underway for Torrance Adult School's Winter Term. The Winter Term begins on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and offers opportunities for students to complete a high school diploma or equivalency [GED and HiSET], improve English skills, obtain U.S. Citizenship test preparation, and prepare for a career as an accountant, office worker, pharmacy technician, medical assistant and medical biller and coder. Torrance Adult School also offers job search assistance, resume and interview preparation and career advisement to its students. For more information, visit https://TATUSD.org/.
6 Months for $100
South Bay Village is offering to deliver groceries to seniors, aged 55 and older, in Torrance for an affordable price. This "Groceries Only Membership" costs $100 and lasts for 6 months. Members can email or call in their list of groceries, or any other items needed, and a South Bay Village volunteer will bring it to their home. There is no extra grocery fee, no delivery fee, and tips are not accepted. To become a member, please call South Bay Village at (424) 721-2304.

South Bay Village is always looking for volunteers to help out seniors around Torrance and surrounding areas. If you are interested in making a difference in the community, please visit www.SBVill.org.
2300 Jefferson Street
Even though baseball season is over, you can still get your swings in at the Torrance Batting Cages. Head over to Wilson Park and take a couple hacks at the outdoor cages. The batting cages have adopted new protocols and procedures for reopening during this pandemic to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Swing Away...
Registration is open!
The Cultural Services Commission is back with more outdoor exercise and performing arts classes on the Torino Plaza! Classes start on January 11 and run through March 6. The health and safety of our participants and staff remain our highest priority. Face coverings are required. Class sizes will be reduced to ensure adequate space for social distancing. We will be taking numerous actions to follow CDC and Los Angeles County guidelines to lower COVID-19 risks. Registration will be online only. For a list of class offerings, please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/ClassRegistration. Call the registration office at (310) 618-2720 for more information.
Accepting Reservations for 2021 and 2022.
The Torrance Cultural Arts Center may be closed right now but you can still book venues for events happening in 2021 and 2022. To make sure you find the right venue for your event, we invite you to take a 3-D Tour of some of our venues from the comfort of your own home. To book a venue for 2021 or beyond, please call (310) 781-7150 or email TCAC@TorranceCA.Gov.
Become more familiar with our website and the services the City offers with our Question of the Week. Tip: Navigate or search through the City of Torrance website to find the answer!
Let's see how savvy you are! Maybe you'll learn something new about the City. 

Head over to www.TorranceCA.Gov and search through each department to see if you can answer this week's question. 

Out of an abundance of caution and in order to maintain social distancing, we are not offering a prize at this time. However, we encourage you to participate anyway!
This week's City of Torrance Website Question:
What are the 2 size options for residential trash containers?

Last Week's Answer:
Email your answer to TorranceCA@TorranceCA.Gov now!