Culver City Issues Revised Safer at Home Order: New Public Health Requirements for All Essential Businesses

Channel 1 Los Angeles

4/12/2020

The City Manager issued a Seventh Supplement to Public Order (revised “Safer at Home” order) today that extends previously issued orders until May 15, 2020, except as noted below, and includes new public health protocols for all essential businesses.  Among other things, the new order mirrors the revised orders issued by the City of Los Angeles yesterday.  There are several important things you should know about the revised order.

New Public Health Protocols for Essential Businesses

All essential businesses (any business continuing any sort of in-person business operations, where employees interact with the public, or with each other, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants offering take-out and delivery, big box stores, banks, laundromats, construction, etc.) must adhere to new public health protocols including:

  • Providing cloth face coverings to employees and contracted workers whose duties require close contact with other employees and/or the public;
  • Requiring customers to wear cloth face coverings while visiting the business;
  • Limiting the number of people who may enter into the facility at any one time to ensure that people in the facility can easily maintain, at all times, a minimum six (6) foot distance from others;
  • Designating where lines may form at a facility, marking six (6) foot increments at a minimum, establishing where individuals should stand to maintain adequate social distancing;
  • Providing hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of the facility and in other appropriate areas for use by the public and employees;
  • Posting a sign in a conspicuous place at all public entries that instructs members of the public to not enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough, and to maintain social distancing from one another;
  • Regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces, including and not limited to, all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use. Businesses engaged in essential activities and essential infrastructure are encouraged to offer touch-less payment mechanisms, if feasible;
  • Adhering to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, including guidance for cleaning and disinfecting the site.

Businesses Must Complete and Post the Social Distancing Protocol Document by April 15

All essential businesses must complete the Social Distancing Protocol form provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The form must be completed, provided to each employee, and posted at or near the entrance to the facility so that it is easily viewable by the public and employees, by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Additional Essential Businesses and Business Activities Allowed

The revised “Safer at Home” public order issued today updates and clarifies some essential businesses and businesses activities.  Businesses that are considered essential and which may continue in-person operations include:

  • Pet day care providers
  • Stores that sell beer, wine, and liquor
  • Pawn shops
  • Nurseries
  • Individuals and businesses that ship, truck, transport, or provide logistical support to deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences, or businesses engaged in essential activities or essential infrastructure.
  • Virtual real estate showings, or if a virtual showing is not feasible, by appointment in vacant units or vacant houses, only with no more than two visitors at a time residing in the same household and one individual showing the unit.
  • Businesses that manufacture personal protective equipment (including cloth face coverings), and businesses that sell materials for purposes of assembling such face coverings (subject to certain qualifications).
  • Public Health operations

Permitted Activities at Non-Essential Businesses

Businesses regarded as “non-essential” are permitted to conduct minimum basic operations including inventory, security, custodial services, payroll and employee benefits processing, and any reasonable activity designed to maximize the ability for employees to work remotely from their homes.

Revised Worker Protection Public Order

The City Manager’s public order today also revises the Worker Protection public order issued on April 8, 2020 to bring that order into alignment with the new public health protocols described above.

Previous Orders Extended to May 15, 2020

The City Manager also extended to May 15, 2020, orders previously issued on March 16, March 20, April 1, April 2, April 7 and April 8.  The Residential and Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratoria continue to remain in effect until May 31, 2020.  The extension of the due date for the payment of business taxes still remains June 1, 2020.

Additional Information and Questions

Please review the revised Safer at Home public order more details, including the full list of businesses considered “essential”.  If you have questions about if your businesses or business activity is considered essential, please contact the City’s coronavirus hotline by email or call (310) 253-6890.


2. Culver City Parks Closed on Easter, Sunday, April 12

All Culver City parks will be closed on Easter, Sunday, April 12, 2020. Los Angeles County and the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood are also closing their parks on Easter in order to encourage people to remain in their homes. This year, we encourage you to celebrate Easter and Passover at home at this critical moment in the fight against COVID-19.  Some ideas for how to celebrate safely at home:

Holy Week

  • Follow a service online or on T.V.
  • Make your own communion bread or share a recipe for unleavened bread with others.
  • Exchange craft ideas or activity pages with your congregation and invite them to share them with friends and neighbors.
  • Share your thoughts or ask others to share their thoughts on the meaning of Good Friday.

Passover/Seder

  • Produce a video or social post explaining the significance of Passover.
  • Share a recipe for unleavened bread that others can make at home.
  • Host a virtual Seder Dinner and explain the parts of the meal.
  • Create a worship medley or watch party, or follow one online.

3. New Free Critical Delivery Service for Older Adults

The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), with the support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced a free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Qualifying Culver City residents can take advantage of this Countywide program that will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to you. No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling (888) 863-7411 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. You may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first. Learn more about the Critical Delivery Service program.


4. Culver City Emergency Relief Food Drive

There are many neighbors in Culver City over the age of 65 and/or with underlying medical conditions that don’t have the means to purchase and pickup groceries during the pandemic. Let’s bridge that gap by being a neighbor that helps neighbors and donate non-perishable food items to those in need.

The requested non-perishable food items are:

Rice, dried beans (pinto, black, lentil), canned beans, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, nuts, nut butters, jellies and jams, pancake mix, rolled oats, canned goods, low-sodium soup, dried eggs, freeze dried fruit and vegetables, freeze dried meats, granola and power bars, vegetable oil, flour, barley, quinoa, cornmeal, dried peas, split peas, salsa, popcorn, honey, canned fruit juice, water.

Please drop off your non-perishable food items at any of the following locations:

Culver City Presbyterian Church  
11269 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
(enter through the courtyard)
Larsen Automotive 
10707 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
Hours : Monday-Friday
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
 
 
Petco
5347 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Every day
Sorrento Italian Market 
5518 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
Hours: Monday – Saturday
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Closed Tuesday)
Sunday – 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
If you or one of your neighbors are in need of food, please call the Culver City CERT Assistance Call Center at (310) 253-5545.

For more information, call Ira Diamond, Organizer at (213) 309-4084 or Christine Parra, Culver City Emergency Coordinator, at (310) 253-5909.


5. Local Partnership FeedCulver Helps Feed People in Need

Culver City is an amazing community, and it’s pulling together to help those who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. An example of this amazing community support and collaboration is FeedCulver. FeedCulver is a partnership between local restaurants, the Exchange Club, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association, working with Vice Mayor Göran Eriksson, Council Member Thomas Small, and local non-profits to prepare and distribute nourishing and nutritious meals to those in need in the Culver City community – and they need your support to make it happen.

How does it work? Local restaurants, led by Akasha, create and package meals, which are delivered to volunteer organizations each day to be distributed through their programs.

Who does this serve? FeedCulver hopes to begin distributing 100 free meals per day to those in need in the Culver City community through local partners. Additionally, this program helps keep local businesses open and their employees working.

What can I do? Make a donation—buy a meal for a neighbor in need! Click here to donate. All donations will be managed by the Exchange Club and the money will be used to cover the cost of food and preparation. Or, prepare food—do you own a restaurant or catering business? Contact FeedCulver about getting involved. Please note, due to stringent health requirements FeedCulver is not able to engage with home cooks at this time.


6. CalFresh Emergency Benefits Available Tomorrow

The state has authorized an emergency issuance of additional CalFresh (food stamps) benefits for all eligible households. Additional CalFresh benefits for the month of March will be issued on Sunday, April 12.  Additional benefits for the month of April will be issued on Sunday, May 10. Learn more and check your EBT balance on the Department of Public Social Services website.


7. Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Hotline

For those of you who are experiencing violence or the threat of violence in your home, help is available. The Los Angeles County’s Domestic Violence services and shelters remain open and accepting intakes.  You can call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-978-3600 or visit, the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council website for more information.


8. Free COVID-19 Testing Available

The City of Los Angeles has made free testing available to residents of Los Angeles County, including Culver City residents, who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who is interested in getting tested must first register on the screening website. This first step will determine if you are eligible to be tested. You will be asked to answer basic questions including name, date of birth, address, and whether you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. After you answer all screening questions, the website (in real time) determines your testing eligibility and will identify the nearest testing site.


9. Let’s make a Culver City connection and talk soon. We’ll call YOU!

We want you to know that we are here for you.  If you or another Culver City resident would like a check-in call for a quick chat, let us know.  Our friendly City staff are making weekly phone calls to any residents 18 and older just to say “hi,” see how you are doing, or offer information and resources.  You don’t need a reason—we’ll call you.  If you would like to sign-up for the weekly phone call program, give us a ring at (310) 253-6890.


10. Feeling Blue? You Are Not Alone.

If the news surrounding COVID-19 is making you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) COVID-19 mental health resource page, call their 24/7 hotline at (800) 854-7771 or text LA to 741741 to get help.


11. Do You Need a Volunteer?

If you or someone you know has a non-emergency, non-medical need related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and you would like assistance from a volunteer, please email the City or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 253-6890 (7:30 AM to 5:30 PM). If you email or leave a message at the Hotline after hours, please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and your need. In an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.


Where can I get more information?

Get the latest updates about the City of Culver City’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

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