New Public Order Allows Reopening of Additional Retail Businesses & Recreational Facilities; Requires Face Coverings in Public #CulverCity

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Following the guidance of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), today the City Manager issued a new Public Order that allows lower-risk businesses and low-contact outdoor recreational facilities to re-open in Culver City. The order also requires face coverings to be worn in public. Finally, the new order extends the “Stay at Home” Public Order until further notice, although the City plans to continue to modify the order over time to allow a gradual and safe reopening in alignment with the recommendations from Public Health.

Safer at Home and Physical Distancing

  • Stay at home as much as possible (i.e. unless you need to get food, get necessary health care, go to work, pick-up a purchase, or exercise).
  • When outside the home, stay at least 6 feet away from other people, frequently wash your hands, and wear a cloth face covering.
  • Public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring who are not members of a single household or living unit continue to be prohibited.

Face Coverings Required in Public

  • Individuals must now wear a cloth face covering whenever there is contact or could be contact with others who are non-household members in both public and private places.
  • Young children ages 2 and under and people with certain disabilities are not required to wear a face coverings.

Business Reopenings Allowed

  • All lower-risk retailers that are not located in an indoor mall or shopping center (except those retailers who are directly accessible to the public from the exterior of the mall or shopping center) are able to reopen for curbside, door-side, outside pickup, or delivery only. The public is not allowed to go inside.
  • The definition of lower-risk businesses can be found in the County Order, page 5, Section 9 and a list of business types will be posted to the City’s webpage.
  • Manufacturing and logistics businesses that supply essential and lower-risk retail businesses (i.e. retail businesses that are permitted to be open) may reopen.
  • Before retail businesses, manufacturers and logistic businesses reopen, they are required to prepare, implement, and post their plan for adhering to directives including distancing and infection control practices that protect both employees and customers. Follow the industry specific checklist posted on the Public Health webpage under “Reopening Protocols”.
  • Businesses must follow the City of Culver City’s Reopening Guidelines, as well as all State guidelines and County guidelines.
  • Certain higher-risk businesses, recreational sites, commercial properties and activities, where more frequent and prolonged person to person contacts are likely to occur, must continue to stay closed and adhere to the County of Los Angeles Public Health Officer’s Safer at Home Order as well as the City’s Public Orders. These include, but are not limited to, gyms, body-art establishments, massage, bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, bowling alleys, hair and nail salons. Dinning-in at restaurants remains prohibited.
  • A full list of higher-risk businesses can be found in the County Order, page 4, Section 7 and will be posted to the City’s webpage.

Recreational Facility Re-openings

Culver City’s Tennis Courts, paddle ball and handball courts will re-open on Friday, May 15 at 7:00 a.m.

  • Physical distancing of six (6) feet must be maintained at all times.
  • Only singles play will be permitted.
  • Each participant must bring their own can of balls with their initials on each ball.
  • Participants will only be permitted to handle their own equipment.
  • Participants will be required to wear face coverings at all times except during play.
  • Bring water and hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to wash/sanitize hands frequently.
  • A maximum of one-hour play will be allowed on heavy traffic days.
  • Basketball courts and baseball/softball diamonds, playground and par course remain closed.

Culver City Community Garden

Additional safety measures are now in place for the City’s Community Garden.

  • Face coverings are required at all times.
  • Physical distancing of six (6) feet is required at all times.
  • Only eight (8) participants are allowed in the garden at one time.
  • Bring gloves and/or sanitizing wipes to unlock/open the gate, to use the hose bibs and to clean them before and after use.
  • Use your hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes and/or wash your hands before and after you go into the garden.
  • Gloves are required while gardening, including while handling tools and equipment.
  • Do not share tools and equipment.
  • Remove all personal items and trash before leaving the garden.

Relaxation of Parking Enforcement Extended

Relaxation of parking has been extended until further notice.

  • Temporary parking is permitted in loading zones and special rideshare pickup zones for curbside pick-up, food delivery and food pick-up.
  • Parking fees for all meters and pay machines for on-street parking spaces are waived for the first 15 minutes.
  • Relaxed enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas.
  • Relaxed enforcement around closed schools.
  • Moratorium on ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversize vehicle overnight parking fines.
  • Freeze on parking fine increases.
  • Extension on all deadlines for payment due until June 1.

Enforcement will be maintained on operations that prioritize health, safety, and emergency access — including colored curb zones, peak-hour restrictions, and residential permit parking. Parking enforcement will also continue at metered spaces to encourage parking availability for businesses and restaurants relying on takeout and deliveries. For streets with existing permit parking restrictions, please visit the City’s online permitting system, or call Parking Permit Support at (844) 357-4997 during regular business hours, to apply for a residential parking permit.  For questions, please email Lieutenant Brandon Vanscoy or call (310) 253-6251.


Residential and Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratoriums

The Residential and Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratoriums remain in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended by separate public order.


Outdoor Dining License Fees and Valet Parking Fees

Outdoor dining license fees and valet parking license fees will be waived through June 30, 2020.


Outdoor Business Signage

The City continues to suspend restrictions on outdoor business signage to allow businesses to communicate that they are open for pick-up and delivery of food. Applicable Municipal Code restrictions related to outdoor business signage (including “sandwich board” signs and temporary banners) are suspended until further notice. All signs must be placed in such a manner to allow for pedestrian access along the public right-of-way.


Business Tax Payment Extension

The deadline for payment of Culver City business taxes continues to be June 1, 2020, as previously extended.

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