Santa Monica Aligns Emergency Orders with LA County as State Economy Re-Opens –

June 15, 2021 3:35 pm

Today interim city manager Lane Dilg has the 37the complement about Santa Monica’s local emergency arrangements with Los Angeles County and its Returning to work and community more safely together Health Officer Order as the State of California reopens its economy after 15 months of Safer at Home orders. The Santa Monica City Emergency Ordinance remains in place, but many supplements are being withdrawn in light of increased vaccination rates and decreased numbers of COVID-19 cases. The 37theAddendum extends the city’s local emergency ordinances, with certain exceptions, until July 15, 2021.

“This is a moment to celebrate all of the hard work the Santa Monica community has put in over the past 15 months. Our community is 76% vaccinated, our economic recovery is on track and our public spaces are thriving, ”said interim city manager Lane Dilg. “The Santa Monica local emergency remains, but our orders are being significantly reduced in accordance with our public health agency – the LA County Department of Public Health – to reflect the reopening of California’s economy. We look forward to a safe and beautiful summer in Santa Monica. ”

The 37the complement Adopts local regulations on physical distancing and wearing face coverings, and adopts state and county guidelines. This contains:

  • There is no mask requirement for any group in outdoor areas, but it is recommended for unvaccinated people in overcrowded outdoor areas.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks indoors and it is “strongly” recommended that universal masking be maintained for all indoors.
  • Removes capacity and physical distance requirements.
  • Companies are no longer obliged to create and publish minutes, submit plans or inform the district about events.
  • Most industry-specific protocols are no longer required. There will continue to be protocols for youth, health and high risk groups. The Health Officer Order specifies protocol requirements for day camps, PK-12 education and childcare as well as mega-events.
  • LA County’s Department of Public Health has best practices for different industriesincluding those for youth sports, restaurants and cinemas.

There are important points to note here:

  • The city’s moratorium on eviction for tenants for reasons other than non-payment of rent will be suspended from 37the Addendum, however, will remain in effect until June 30, 2021, subject to a later appointment extending that date.
  • Previous additions to the commercial use of public and private open spaces have already been made by the City Council action of June 8, 2021, which contained two resolutions introducing and waiving certain fees for the use of public property.

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