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Rodeo Drive Closed! Beverly Hills Orders Non-Essential Retail Stores to Shut

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Drug Stores, Pharmacies and Grocery Stores to Remain Open City Restaurants Limited to Delivery or Take-Out Only

BEVERLY HILLS — As the City continues to promote public health in response to concerns surrounding the Novel Coronavirus, the Beverly Hills City Council tonight adopted an urgency ordinance outlining proactive measures to reduce the potential spread of the virus. 

Effective at midnight tonight and until the City’s local emergency is cancelled:

  • All non-essential retail businesses, including those on Rodeo Drive, shall be closed except for pick up, delivery and certain transactions by appointment.
  • All bars and nightclubs in the City of Beverly Hills that do not serve food shall be closed to the public.
  • Any bars or nightclubs or other businesses in the City of Beverly Hills that serve food may remain open only for purposes of continuing to prepare and offer food to customers via delivery service or to be picked up.  Dine-in food service is prohibited.  The City will accommodate parking in front of restaurants to allow for easier access for ‘to-go’ dining.
  • All restaurants and retail food facilities in the City of Beverly Hills shall be prohibited from serving food for consumption on premises including through a self-serve, unwrapped buffet.
  • All movie theaters and live performance venues shall be closed to the public.
  • All gyms and fitness centers shall be closed to the public.
  • All businesses providing physical health and beauty services, including spas, hair salons, massage parlors, and nail salons, that do not provide medical care or services that supplement medical care as directed by medical professionals will be closed to the public except for the purpose of retail sales.
  • ·         All elective medical and surgical procedures, including all elective dental procedures are prohibited.

The City Council also unanimously approved:

  • Moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by residential tenants and businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • Temporary suspension of utility shutoffs.
  • Temporary suspension of certain parking regulations.

The State’s Employment Development Department provides comprehensive information for workers who may lose time from work during this ongoing crisis.  For more information, please visit www.edd.ca.gov.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Mirisch announced he would be leading the creation of a COVID-19 Kindness Task Force made up of community volunteers who will assist seniors and our most vulnerable populations during this difficult time.

“This is an opportunity for Beverly Hills to do what we do best, care for one another,” said Mayor Mirisch.  “We encourage members of our community to call their friends and loved ones, develop networks and support neighbors. By offering assistance in a safe and responsible way, we demonstrate our resilience as a community and will prevail healthier and stronger. Now more than ever we are Community with a capital ‘C,’ and we will get through this together as a Community.”

If you are interested in becoming a member of the COVID-19 Kindness Task Force, please email Keith Sterling, Public Information Manager at ksterling@beverlyhills.org.

As developments with the Novel Coronavirus continue to evolve, please visit www.beverlyhills.org/novelcoronavirus for the latest information.

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RAGE is Latest Venue to Fall Victim to the Pandemic

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Another LGBTQ+ Nightlife Destination Has Fallen Victim to the Pandemic

WEST HOLLYWOOD (L.A. Magazine) — Rage nightclub has been a destination for LGBTQ+ nightlife in the bustling Santa Monica Boulevard corridor of West Hollywood for decades. Now, nearly 40 years after first opening its doors, the club has announced it has permanently closed, yet another local business to collapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rage nightclub management lays some portion of the blame on their landlord, Monte Overstreet. The club’s now-former general manager, Ron Madrill, told Q Voice News that rent for the location was already “very high” prior to operations shutting down in March. He says he believes an impasse over rent payments may have contributed to Rage’s closure.

Overstreet also reportedly owns the space formerly occupied by neighboring bar Flaming Saddles Saloon, which also announced […]

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21 Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus at Rock n Roll Ralphs

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Workers protest outside Ralphs in Hollywood where 21 have tested positive for coronavirus

HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) — Workers rallied Friday outside a Ralphs store in Hollywood where 21 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The group called on the store to take more aggressive action when staff test positive for the virus, and to ramp up efforts to protect the grocery store employees, who are considered essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

They said they speak for thousands of workers who are afraid they aren’t getting enough protection as the virus continues to spread countywide, infecting more than 24,000 as of Friday.

The Ralphs at 7257 W. Sunset Blvd. has had an outbreak involving several workers who tested positive for the virus, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which lists businesses and […]

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‘Stay Put, Order In’ and Dine With Friends on Zoom, Says Mayor

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — WeHo is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and our community members are used to gathering around restaurant tables and enjoying meals together. Now, there’s an opportunity to, instead, gather around kitchen tables at home and enjoy a meal (or many!) while supporting our local restaurants.

“One of the worst things about the Safer At Home directive is being disconnected from friends, neighbors, and the city around us,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Don’t be alone if you don’t have to be – take advantage of the technology out there and invite a friend to Zoom in for Ziti or share some Farfalle over FaceTime.”

Mealtime is a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones using virtual teleconferencing technology, while partaking in your favorite delivered or takeout food.

City Encourages Residents to Support Local Restaurants During Safer At Home Orders

Many West Hollywood restaurants remain open and are offering takeout, curbside, and delivery meals, which are sensitive to social distancing during the emergency. The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer a directory of “Stay Put, Order In” eateries in West Hollywood, which is accessible by visitingwww.weho.org/coronavirus (click the “Stay Put, Order In” link!) or www.wehochamber.com/dinein. This list is updated daily.

“We need to start hanging out together, and talking, and seeing each other again. So, why not plan to #WeHoDinnerConnect this week – maybe Saturday at 8 p.m.? Or Sunday at 7 p.m.? Or even just 15 minutes of screen-to-screen gossip,” said Mayor D’Amico. “And you don’t have to cook a thing… local restaurants have meals and menus tailored to take-away choices and they’re ready to send food over to your house or make arrangements for you to pick it up.”

If picking up food, remember to wear face coverings, which are required to enter essential businesses.

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