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L.A. County Department of Public Health announces opening of new sectors

L.A. County Department of Public Health announces opening of new sectors

Please regularly check our main page for Lakewood-specific coronavirus information and resources at www.lakewoodcity.org/COVID19. 

Please note that the City of Lakewood falls under the jurisdiction of the L.A. County Department of Public Health. The cities of Pasadena and Long Beach have their own health departments and therefore issue separate orders that, although generally consistent with L.A. County, may have some differences that are not enforceable in Lakewood. The information below references the most recent L.A. County Department of Public Health Order and is applicable to the City of Lakewood.

NEWS UPDATE: L.A. County allows new sectors to reopen on Friday, June 19. An amendment was made on June 28 related to bars and wineries that do not serve food. See below.

Effective June 19, an updated L.A. County Health Officer Order has now expanded the list of businesses allowed to reopen to include the following:

  • Nail salons
  • Cosmetology services
  • Spas offering aesthetic and massage services
  • Tattoo and piercing shops
  • Tanning salons
  • Casinos, card rooms and satellite wagering sites
  • Bars, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms were originally part of the June 19 reopening order, but on June 28 an amended order reclosed those facilities unless they also serve food. See the  L.A. County Health Officer Order linked above for details.

County requirements are in effect for each type of business, which in some cases may mean employees outfitted with face shields and/or limiting the capacity of customers. Face coverings worn by staff and visitors and social distancing practices remain in effect.

As the state continues to reopen amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Newsom issued a statewide order on June 18 that mandates Californians to wear face coverings when around people in public spaces. The decision was made in an effort to slow the spread of the disease as more people venture out and positive cases and deaths related to the virus have increased. Learn more at: https://covid19.ca.gov/.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health announced that, effective Friday, June 12, the following sectors can re-open as soon as they are ready to receive customers and have the proper COVID-19 protection protocols in place:

  • Gyms, physical fitness centers
  • Pro league facilities without live audience
  • Day camps
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Campgrounds, RV facilities including pools
  • Hotels for leisure visits

Details on the re-openings are posted to the Department of Public Health website, or you can read the details in the updated Health Officer Order at www.lakewoodcity.org/PublicHealth

The June 12 openings will move L.A. County into Stage Three of the five-stage Roadmap to Recovery: A Phased Approach to Reopening Safely in Los Angeles County.

These Lakewood parks are now open:

  • Lakewood Nature Trail along the San Gabriel River
  • Home Run Dog Park in Lakewood
  • Lakewood Country Club golf course and tennis courts

Until the final Stage Five is reached, Health Officer Orders and directives will continue to ensure that we slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities.

Businesses must continue to require the general public to wear a cloth face covering and maintain social distancing when entering the business. Face coverings help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to others, including when you have the virus and are contagious but do not know it. These face coverings do not protect you from others who may be infected. Therefore, face coverings are not a replacement for staying home as much as possible, social distancing, and washing your hands often. Please do not purchase N95 and medical-grade masks. View the video from the CDC on how to make your own mask here.

Street sweeping parking enforcement will resume in Lakewood beginning the week of July 6.

Starting June 22 and continuing for two weeks, residents parking on the street on sweeping days will receive a courtesy notice on their windshield. Citations will resume on Monday, July 6.

Street sweeping is mandated by the State of California to avoid polluting the ocean by picking up trash from the gutter, and it is a general public health and quality of life service. Now that stay-at-home restrictions imposed during the COVID pandemic are gradually lifting, the City of Lakewood needs to resume full street sweeping again, which means having vehicles off the streets during sweeping hours to allow for a clean sweep of the street.

Coronavirus cases in Lakewood

The number of cases in Los Angeles County continue to increase, as they also do in the Lakewood area.

Lakewood officials have been in touch with County officials about the cases in our community, and here’s what we can tell you.

  • The patients are being isolated for their safety and the safety of the community.
  • Dept. of Public Health staff will do “contact tracing” to determine how the patient contracted the virus and who they may have contacted afterwards. Those people will be contacted and will be ordered to follow public health protocols for their safety and the community’s safety.
  • If there is any reason to believe a large number of people may have been in contact with the patient, then a more general public notification of where the patient visited will be made.
  • The Dept. of Public Health told Lakewood officials that there is likely an “undercount” of cases right now in L.A. County. So there are probably cases in every community at this point, and more than have been reported, including in Lakewood. That underscores the need for residents in Lakewood and every community to take social distancing and hygiene protocols very seriously.

"Safer at Home"...what you can and can't do

You CAN (within protocols established by L.A. County Public Health):

  • Go to the grocery store.
  • Order food delivery, buy meals by drive-through or pickup at restaurants, and dine in at restaurants (in adherence to L.A. County Public Health capacity and social distancing protocols).
  • Go to lower-risk businesses, including those in indoor malls and shopping centers, that are open and operating under the current Public Health Order requirements in-person (within required capacity). 
  • Get medication or supplies.
  • Get a hair cut at a barber shop or hair salon.
  • Go to nail salons, tanning salons, massage or body art establishments.
  • Get cosmetology services, such as facials and waxing. 
  • Attend an indoor or outdoor gathering of a faith-based service.
  • Go to casinos, card rooms and satellite wagering sites.
  • Go to bars, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms.
  • Go to gyms, physical fitness centers.
  • Send a child to day camps.
  • Visit museums, zoos, aquariums.
  • Visit campgrounds, RV facilities including pools.
  • Stay at hotels for leisure visits.
  • Go to the bank or post office.
  • Call a plumber, electrician or exterminator.
  • Go to the gas station or auto repair shop.
  • Ride public transit (practice social distancing), walk, bike and drive.
  • Visit the public beaches and recreational areas for active recreation only, as long as social distancing protocols are maintained. 

Please continue to protect yourself and others with regular hand washing, disinfecting of surfaces and practicing social distancing. Wear a cloth face mask when you must go out in public.

You CAN'T:

  • Host a gathering of any size (unlcess specifically allowed by the Health Officer Order).
  • Go to a lounge or nightclub. 
  • Go to a public entertainment venue, such as movie theaters, live performances, concert venues, theme parks or festivals. 
  • Go to family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys, arcades, miniature golf or batting cages. 
  • Go to an indoor or outdoor playground (except those in a childcare center).
  • Go to a community center, including public pools (excludes pools in a multi-unit residence or part of a Homeowners' Association).
  • Go to a hot tub, steam room, or sauna not on a residential property.
  • Put seniors or those with underlying health conditions at risk.
  • Hoard supplies or overbuy.

Lakewood City Hall is now open to providing in-person service to residents. For details on the new process, visit www.lakewoodcity.org/CheckIn.  

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How to cope with stress during coronavirus

This can be a very stressful time for everyone. The L.A. County Department of Public Health has these tips on handling the stress, and a link to a 24/7 mental health helpline.  

Please visit these official resources for more information on the coronavirus:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention