While the pause button has been hit on openings at L.A. County establishments due to COVID-19, there’s some good news coming out of South Pasadena.
City Hall reopened to the public on Monday, July 6, on a limited basis in accordance with public health guidelines.
The news comes as in-person dining at restaurants in the county is off limits due to the virus, joining museums and aquariums – places that were temporarily open just a short time ago.
Those coming to South Pasadena City Hall are allowed to enter by appointment only. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.
City officials say all possible steps to ensure a safe environment for both our employees and visitors have been taken, including workplace modifications to provide for appropriate social distancing, sneeze guards at public counters, and increased cleaning and disinfecting of facilities.
Training for employees has been in effect, including cleaning and disinfecting workspace area before and after each shift.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health). In addition, the order requires 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.
The order calls for all bars to remain closed indefinitely. All events and large are also prohibited. Face coverings and gloves must be worn at fitness facilities.
Steep increases of COVID-19 continue in LA County as 1,889 individuals were currently hospitalized as of last Friday, 27% of which are confirmed cases in the ICU and 18% are cases on ventilators. It marks the largest number of people hospitalized since early May.
“We are thinking every day of the many families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to you, and we are so sorry for your loss,” said L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer. “I know these closures are frustrating and it is heartbreaking to think we are losing ground. These immediate actions give us a chance to regain control over the increased spread. With steep increases in cases and hospitalizations, it is important to act now to prevent as many future cases, hospitalizations and deaths as we can.”