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City of WeHo Statement on County and State ‘Stay at Home’ Orders

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is urging community members to immediately follow the LA County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order, which goes into effect tonight, Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect until April 19, 2020, and may be extended. The Order was issued as Gov. Newsom additionally called upon all individuals living in the State of California to stay home in order to reduce transmission of coronavirus.

The City of West Hollywood is in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County; community members in West Hollywood should immediately follow the Order. The purpose of the Order is to further restrict and limit the gathering of persons and require the closure of malls, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses in an effort to stem and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Grocery stores, restaurants offering delivery and pickup, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Details and information are in the Order, which is accessible at the Public Health website (PDF download) at: http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/lac/1070029_COVID-19_SaferAtHome_HealthOfficerOrder_20200319_Signed.pdf.

For additional information about coronavirus and tonight’s stay at home order from California Governor Gavin Newsom to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of  COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“Our County public health officials and our state elected leaders, tonight, are delivering a simple and vitally important message: we are Safer at Home. By staying home, we will help to defeat coronavirus,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “In West Hollywood, we know a thing or two about overcoming what at first might seem impossible. Our City’s history is built on facing the big challenges and fighting for the rights and responsibilities of everyone in our community. Given these challenges, we give our best selves and with our determination, we put our hearts into everything we seek to accomplish. To face this new crisis, we must remind ourselves: home is where the heart is. We must take heed and stay home, when we can. Many of us will have to work in jobs that serve important needs in the community and we embrace this. Staying at home also doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a walk and get some take-out and pick up some groceries –- in fact, we must do these things and more. During the coming days and weeks ahead, I urge everyone in West Hollywood to lead with your hearts. Support our local businesses who provide take-out and delivery. Check on your elderly neighbors and make sure they are cared for and have food and medications they need. And, with great love in your hearts, please make every effort to use lots of social distance. Use jazz hands! Smile from six feet away! Talk and sing with your neighbors from open windows! We know there are overwhelming challenges ahead and I want acknowledge that and reassure everyone in West Hollywood that we are working quickly and diligently to prepare and post information on our City website about resources for economic hardship and for vital social services. We hear everyone’s needs and we’re working to address these as we all face this challenge. Please take care of yourselves and each other as we face this health crisis – with love and with the determination to do what we do best in West Hollywood: overcome and thrive.”

The City, earlier this week, proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency on Monday, March 16, 2020. All measures are in effect in order to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Californians are encouraged to stay home, practice social distancing, and only leave your home for essential errands to grocery, hardware or pharmacies, to go to work at locations still operational, or for essential medical appointments.

The City has implemented an emergency management plan that ensures continuity of business operations while providing flexibility to many City employees to work remotely in order to ensure employee safety and respond to the family obligations of staff in balancing City business. West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities will be closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org. The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs while ensuring the highest degree of regard for public health safety.

The City of West Hollywood will post updates on its website at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:

For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendarand news archive at www.weho.org/news.

For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Mental Health and Coping with Stress During the Coronavirus Emergency

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone. Community members may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely, or frustrated in these circumstances. These signs of stress are normal. It is important for everyone to take care of mental health and well being, especially during LA County Safer At Home orders.

“If you feel lonely or scared, remember: at the moment we may be distanced, but we are not disconnected,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “You’re not alone. West Hollywood is a community and we are all here for one another. Please reach out and connect with friends and loved ones or check into the City’s online recreation options or join a group online. And if you need additional support, seek professional assistance through one of our social service providers or the LA County Department of Mental Health.”

The City of West Hollywood has launched a website area with tips and resources for mental health and well being, which will be updated regularly at www.weho.org/services/coronavirus-covid-19/mental-health-resources

  • The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line can be reached at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549 and is available to provide mental health support, resources, and referrals.
  • If you’re having thoughts of suicide or you are in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255 or send a text message to 838-255.
  • Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.

California Gov. Newson has released resource guides with information for emotional support and well being:

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health offers strategies for coping during a disease outbreak in EnglishRussian, and Spanish.

West Hollywood is a tech-savvy community and there are a number of apps that can help improve well-being. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has assembled a Guide to Well-Being Apps.

The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please call (323) 848-6510 for more information.

The City of West Hollywood is also getting the word out about the LA County Department of Mental Health resources for coping with stress during the coronavirus emergency. Recommendations are available in a document from the LA County Department of Public Health. The Department of Mental Health Access Center Helpline can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549.

Mental Health and Coping with Stress During the Coronavirus Emergency

The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Home orders, which remain in effect until May 15, 2020. The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

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WeHo Reaches Deal on Log Cabin With City of Beverly Hills

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood have reached an agreement regarding the property located at 621 N. Robertson Boulevard – also known as the ‘Log Cabin’ site – which is owned by the City of Beverly Hills but is located in the City of West Hollywood.

With an agreement signed this week, the City of West Hollywood will lease the site from Beverly Hills for a period of twelve months and intends to sublease the premises to the West Hollywood Recovery Center, which will continue to provide the same level of addiction recovery services currently offered at the site.

“We are thrilled to be able to secure this space to safeguard vital recovery services. Tens of thousands of people have been helped by the 12-Step meetings offered at the ‘Log Cabin’ and with the addition of the West Hollywood Recovery Center as the lead nonprofit we can count on another four decades of meetings and community recovery,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “These meetings will remain a vital resource for the West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and greater Los Angeles sober community. The City of West Hollywood has been committed to preserving access to services at this addiction recovery space and this lease agreement with our neighbors in the City of Beverly Hills is a testament to working together to address community needs.”

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our neighbors in West Hollywood to allow the crucial services at the Log Cabin to continue,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman.

The Lions Club of West Hollywood formerly leased the site, but that agreement is now expired. The City of Beverly Hills provided notice to the Lions Club to vacate the premises by March 31, 2020.

“We sincerely appreciate the work of the Lions Club over many years to support community organizations and provide valuable meeting space,” added Mayor Friedman.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency and Los Angeles County Safer at Home Orders, all meetings have been temporarily suspended at the site due to the need to accommodate social distancing requirements. Community members may check for updates at http://thewhrc.org.

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WeHo Orders Parks Closed, Construction Sites to Follow Health Directives

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Paul Arevalo, the City of West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services issued an Emergency Executive Order on April 9, 2020 Implementing Emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.

Such measures include that all City parks and dog parks are closed to the public and construction sites in the City of West Hollywood shall follow additional requirements for hygiene, sanitization, signage, face covering, and more. The Emergency Executive Order was issued in response to numerous public complaints and City staff-witnessed failures to socially distance at parks and construction sites in direct contradiction to Federal, State, County, and City directives to physically distance, not gather in groups, and stay home except for essential needs in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Failure to abide by public health directives is unsafe and dangerous in this unprecedented time of a worldwide health pandemic,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Health authorities warn that this week and the following week are expected to be critical weeks in terms of controlling spread of the virus.  While construction is identified as an essential activity, the work must be done in a safe manner that is consistent with public health directives and guidance. Face coverings are deemed an appropriate method to protect others from the spread of the virus, as carriers of the virus may show no symptoms and should be worn at construction sites where people may be in close proximity to one another. We are all in this together and must do our part to protect ourselves and others during this time.”

All parks in the City of West Hollywood will be closed to the public.

Full text of the new Emergency Executive Order is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44233.

The following is a list of required emergency measures for construction sites in the City of West Hollywood. Failure to abide by these requirements may result in issuance of a stop work order by the Building Official for unsafe and dangerous practices, or any other legal remedy available by law:

  • Handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer shall be installed at entrances to construction projects (unless the work is being conducted in an occupied building with operable restrooms in which case sinks are available for handwashing).
  • Shared tools and equipment shall be regularly sanitized.
  • Signage shall be posted to instruct workers of social distancing and sanitation requirements, and workers who are sick or exhibit symptoms of being ill or those in recent close contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 shall not be present on the work site. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health standards for social distancing shall apply.
  • Face coverings shall be worn by all persons present at the construction site, and when necessary, OSHA regulations for personal protective equipment for the activity being performed shall be followed.
  • Workers shall not gather in groups larger than three during breaks and shall maintain a six-foot social distance during such breaks.  
  • “Choke points” and “high-risk areas” shall be identified where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and they shall be controlled so social distancing is maintained, to the extent practicable.
  • Interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials shall be minimized to allow social distancing. 
  • The trades shall be staggered as necessary to reduce density and maintain social distancing.

Additionally, the Order allows businesses that would normally be considered non-essential retail businesses but have supply of goods that are needed to slow the spread of the virus (e.g. face coverings, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes), to conduct limited retail sidewalk sales of those goods through a revocable (no fee) encroachment permit, provided that the sales are conducted in a manner that is consistent with Los Angeles County Public Health Safer at Home Order.

The Order also allows window coverings to board up windows to secure a business during this period of closure, provided that the coverings are painted and secured to either the inside or outside of the window.

The Emergency Executive Order will remain in effect for the duration of the declaration of Local Emergency, which is currently June 30, 2020 but may change dependent on the evolution of the pandemic.

Full text of the Resolution proclaiming a Local Emergency is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44141.

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