LOCAL CLOSURES: South Pasadena Follows LA & County Directives

Decisions made at city hall today about how South Pasadena's actions to "flatten the curve" of the COVID19 (Corona Virus) outbreak.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | South Pasadena City Council at City Hall

Following the pattern of Los Angeles, L.A. County ordered similar sweeping action Monday afternoon in response to coronavirus concerns.

The City of South Pasadena will fall in step with those regulations.

The closure of bars, gyms, and fitness centers, theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery or takeout are now in place as the county and nation face the challenges of the outbreak that is starting to spread.

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Approximately 10 million people will be affected by the order passed down by county officials.

The city of Los Angeles ordered sweeping closures late Monday.

“We are seeing a significant increase in cases and evidence of community spread as more testing occurs,” said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director said. “We are implementing more social distancing requirements and we expect everyone to do their part.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked for all night clubs, brewpubs, bars and wineries to close their doors, but did not call for the same when it comes to all restaurants.

To date, Public Health has identified 94 cases, of which 15 cases are likely due to community transmission. Two of the cases confirmed Monday were hospitalized.

At least one case of the virus has been detected in South Pasadena, and the South Pasadenan has received a report that four individuals with coronavirus are currently being treated at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

Cases are occurring across LA County, say health officials, pushing the practice of social distancing.

Earlier in the day, President Trump urged students to take part in learning at home, individuals to stay away from drinking and eating establishments, avoid discretionary travel and gathering in groups of 10.

Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread:

  • Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate.
  • Event organizers postpone or cancel non-essential gatherings of 50 or more until at least the end of March.
  • Limit gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (people older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic illness) to no more than 10 people.
  • This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services, including public transportation, airport travel or shopping.
  • If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home and call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.
  • Exclude employees and visitors with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms and visitors with recent travel to any country or region with significant community transmission (including communities in the US) from all schools, businesses, and gatherings of any size.
  • Follow all social distancing recommendations issued by Public Health.