The City of Rancho Palos Verdes continues to monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County and would like to share the following updates with the community:
Although City Hall is closed for the weekend (and closed to the public in person through at least April 19), the City Council and City staff are monitoring communications from various government agencies and the public and will continue to share information with residents. A webpage with coronavirus updates, resources and information on local closures is continuously being updated at rpvca.gov/coronavirus
Be sure to also follow the City on Nextdoor
The Latest“Safer at Home” Order in Effect
Los Angeles County’s "Safer at Home" Public Health Order is now in effect. It requires all "non-essential" businesses to close, such as non-essential retail and indoor shopping malls, as well as playgrounds. This is in addition to the closures of bars, clubs, and dine-in restaurants already in effect. Gatherings of 10 or more people will be strictly prohibited.This does not mean that you cannot leave your home.
You can take a walk, go to the pharmacy, and pick up groceries.
Examples of essential businesses that will NOT
be closed under the “Safer At Home” order:
For a comprehensive list of essential businesses, read the full order at bit.ly/396UnHT
- grocery stores, markets
- restaurants that are doing take-out, delivery, or drive-thru service
- convenience stores
- pet supply stores
- hardware stores
- gas stations
- plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics
- airlines, taxis, transportation providers
Health care workers, government employees, transit workers, first responders, and other essential workers will remain on the job. The order is in effect until April 19, but may be extended at the discretion of public health officials. Cancellation of Eggstravaganza and Whale of a Day Events
As a result of this order, the City’s Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Ladera Linda Community Center on April 11 and the Whale of a Day festival at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center on April 18 have been canceled.Playgrounds
Also as a result of the order, playground areas at the following parks are closed to the public:
- Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park
- Robert E. Ryan Community Park
- Ladera Linda Park
- Eastview Park
- Deana Dana Friendship Park (County of Los Angeles)
- Martin J. Bogdanovich Park (City of Los Angeles)
If you plan to visit City parks or the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, please practice social distancing, with 6 feet of separation
. Remember, all indoor and outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited by the “Safer at Home” order. Cases
As of today, March 20, there are 292 known cases of novel coronavirus across Los Angeles County, so everyone should be aware and practice social distancing. Two people have died. Although there are currently no confirmed cases in the City, the public should not think one location is safer than another.
For a list of cases broken down by city and age group, visit: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=2274
It’s important to note that the total number of confirmed cases that the Department of Public Health shares every day reflects a moment in time and may not include cases confirmed by commercial labs that have not yet been shared with the Department of Public Health
. A commercial lab may share a positive result with a physician before the health department.
Terranea Resort Closure
The Terranea Resort is temporarily closed, effective Friday, March 20, due to government mandates and as part of its continued effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
“The health and wellbeing of our guests, associates and community is paramount at Terranea Resort,” said Terri A. Haack, President of Terranea Resort. “Due to government mandates and as part of our continued effort to ensure a safe and healthy environment, our team has been working around the clock to determine how best to take care of our guests and each other. Our hearts go out to all of those affected during these uncertain times. We will continue to support our associates, guests, and community members in every way that we can during this period of closure and we plan to resume our offerings as soon as it is safe to do so in accordance with government guidelines.”
Ms. Haack further indicated that, while the resort grounds will be temporarily closed to the public, there will be a 24/7 on-site security presence at the resort. Public coastal trails will remain open and accessible during regular posted hours. The resort is also taking steps to reduce the financial burden of the temporary closure on its employees. At this time, the resort continues to accept reservations for overnight stays that begin on May 11 or later.
For timely updates and relevant information, guests and visitors are encouraged to visit Terranea.com/updates
For a list of school, library, transit and other local closures, visit the Closure Information
page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
Open for Business
Need a list of Peninsula restaurants that are serving takeout and delivery? Or updated grocery store hours? Check out the Open for Business
tab on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
Watch the latest episode of RPVtv’s “Around the Peninsula” featuring an interview with PVP Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Eileen Hupp to find out how you can support local businesses during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etJcYqikC9o
How You Can Help
PVPUSD School Board Member Linda Reid is coordinating a volunteer effort to match
up senior citizens needing errand/grocery/meal help in PV with volunteers. PVPUSD students, parents, and alums unexpectedly home from college will assist! Any older residents may email Member Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org
to be matched up with a local volunteer during this difficult isolating time. Neighborhood Watch
block captains are available to assist any and all individuals who would like some form of assistance at this time. Those who are not yet a part of Neighborhood Watch can contact Gail Lorenzen at email@example.com Blood Donations Needed
The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus outbreak. There is no clinical evidence that COVID-19 is transmissible through blood. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma.
The Red Cross also urges organizations to maintain scheduled blood drives. Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets. The Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of its donors and staff.
This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients fighting cancer. Learn how to donate at redcrossblood.org
or by calling 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)Senior Support
Please consider checking on your older neighbors or those with underlying health conditions. There are ways to let people know you care while keeping a safe distance (e.g., a phone call, a text, a note under their door to make sure they have everything they need). Self-isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness. Lomita Sheriff’s Station deputies are available to provide a “welfare check” for seniors. Residents are encouraged to call the station’s non-emergency number at 310-539-1661 if they are aware of seniors who are at risk or may need attention. We are all in this together.
City Hall Closed
As a reminder, to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19, through at least April 19, City Hall and park buildings are closed to the public, and all recreational activities, classes and events at City facilities have been canceled. Advisory board meetings have also been canceled through April 19.
The City will primarily be providing essential city services that are necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community and City employees. To facilitate these measures, all non-essential staff will be working remotely. Inquiries will be reviewed daily and will be responded to on a case-by-case basis. Please note that our response to your inquiry could be delayed.
Community Development Department applications and permit requests may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-emergency service requests may be submitted at http://www.rpvca.gov/FormCenter/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-3/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-43
Public Works service requests may be submitted at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/6d13530e7ca84edbb5c4e022bdc54da8
Please visit the appropriate department page on the City website for a list of phone numbers and email addresses to accommodate your needs: City ManagerCity ClerkCommunity DevelopmentFinanceHuman ResourcesPublic WorksRecreation, Parks & Open SpaceRPVtv Overall Staff Directory
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus.Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/CoronavirusCalifornia Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov/covid19 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov/COVID19World Health Organization: who.int/coronavirusCalifornia Governor’s Office: covid19.ca.govCounty of Los Angeles: lacounty.gov/covid19
L.A. County residents can also call 2-1-1
Sign up for “Notify Me” city listervs at rpvca.gov/notify
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert SouthBay by:
- Texting “alertsb” to 888-777, which returns a link to register for Everbridge (for COVID-19-related alerts, text the keyword "cv19rpv")
- Registering online at alertsouthbay.com
- Downloading the free Everbridge app on an iOS or Android device from the App Store or Google Play. Select “Find an organization or subscription” and search “alertsb”
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert LA County at https://lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la/
The City Council is committed to keeping you informed on this ever-changing situation, and thanks you for your cooperation and support. The City reminds all residents that closures and cancellations announced by the City and other agencies and institutions are being implemented because public health officials advise that social distancing is the best and most effective tool to slow the spread of coronavirus.