Coronavirus: Malibu City Officials Follow LA City and State Mandating Enforcement of Social Distancing Protocol Affecting Majority of Local Businesses

Malibu City Council ordered the following “protective measures” in place effective immediately, and until further notice, during the Coronavirus pandemic.

March 16, 2020 4:29 PM

UPDATE 3/16, 4PM – Malibu & LA County order closure of venues prohibition of public gatherings.

UPDATE 3/16, 4:00 PM – City of Malibu and LA County order closure of bars, restaurants, venues, prohibiting public gatherings. Seniors & vulnerable groups stay home. City Hall closed.

UPDATE 3/16/2020, 4:00 PM – City of Malibu and LA County issued new protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus. All non-essential City services have been suspended. Seniors and at-risk groups asked to stay home. 

Today, the Malibu City Council held an emergency meeting and took emergency action to close all bars, nightclubs, restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms; and place a moratorium on evictions to protect renters. 

In order to ensure that residents can still get essential food, medical supplies and other essential supplies, exceptions were able for restaurant takeout and delivery service, gas stations, supermarkets and health care providers. 

As part of the City’s emergency protective measures, all non-essential city services, programs and events are suspended or cancelled, and City Hall is closed to the public. The City Council and staff continue to work and are available to assist the community.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER ORDER

The Los Angeles County Public Health Officer ordered:

• A prohibition on all indoor and outdoor, private and public gatherings where at least 50 people are expected to be in attendance at the same time. 

• All restaurants to limit their services to only preparing and offering food that is provided to customers via delivery service, via pick-up for takeout dining, and via drive-thru and all bar 

• All bars (that don’t serve food), gyms, and movie theaters to be closed.

More information on the Los Angeles County Public Officer’s recent orders go to: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/

CITY OF LOS ANGELES 

On March 15, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announced an emergency action to close bars, nightclubs, restaurants — with the exception of takeout and delivery — entertainment venues and gyms; and a moratorium on evictions. 

GOVERNOR CALLS FOR SENIORS AND AT-RISK GROUPS TO STAY HOME

On March 15, CA Governor Newsom provided an update on the state’s testing and hospital capabilities, and called for seniors and those with chronic conditions to home isolate, and urged bars in the state to close. For more information go to: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19.

CDC CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF ALL GATHERINGS OVER 50 PEOPLE NATIONWIDE

The CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out following guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, events should be made virtual. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.

CA STATE PARKS FACILITIES CLOSED AS OF TODAY. PARKS OPEN.

Currently, all of State Park tours and programming are suspended and all museums and visitor centers are closed as of 3/16/2020. All outdoor State Park spaces remain open and accessible to the public. State Parks is not accepting special event permits, and has canceled any event with more than 250 participants, and canceled events with less than 249 participants if the promoter cannot assure social distancing plans. For more information, visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/.

ALL LA COUNTY FACILITIES CLOSED

All Los Angeles County facilities are closed to the public starting today until further notice. This includes Department of Animal Control’s (DACC) seven animal care centers. DACC officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service including dangerous dogs, sick or injured animals, police assistance, removal of dead animals, and animal cruelty investigations. People who find or lose a pet should download https://shadowapp.com to reunite lost pets with their families. For more information, visit https://lacounty.gov/.

SPANISH LANGUAGE EMERGENCY INFORMATION

The City of Malibu will publish emergency information about the Coronavirus on the City website: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus. Residents and businesses are asked to share emergency information with their Spanish-only speaking staff and contractors.

La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO

— Senior Center Closed – City staff is available to assist seniors. Call 310-456-2489.

— Malibu Dial-a-Ride program continues to operate. Dial-A-Ride vehicles are regularly disinfected.

— All LA County Libraries, including Malibu Community Library, are closed. Online services available – www.LACountylibrary.org

— All SMMUSD schools and programs are closed – www.SMMUSD.org

CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

The City of Malibu continues to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and implement measures to protect public health and safety and is doing everything possible to support vulnerable community members. There are currently no known cases of Coronavirus in Malibu. The City continues to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of community spread.

Residents are encouraged to be prepared with three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way. These individuals are at higher risk and Governor Newsom is calling for all seniors and individuals with chronic conditions to home-isolate.

Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over 1 million hits across her social media platforms. Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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