West Covina Issues Directive
The City Manager, as the City’s Director of Emergency Services, issued a proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 16, 2020. Pursuant to the City Manager’s authority under Section 8-7 of the West Covina Municipal Code to promulgate written orders and regulations necessary to provide for the protection of life and property affected by the local emergency, the City Manager adopts the Los Angeles County Health Officer’s March 16, 2020 order for the control of COVID-19. Restaurants may only offer food that is provided to customers via delivery service, pick-up, or drive-thru.
All bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, theatres, entertainment centers, fitness centers, and wineries, breweries and tap rooms that provide tastings shall be closed until March 31, 2020.
Grocery stores may remain open. Consistent with the County Health Officer’s order, the City Manager orders:
1. That the County Health Officer’s order dated March 16, 2020 shall be complied with in West Covina.
2. Effective March 16, 2020, and continuing through March 31, 2020, all public and private group events and mass gatherings, as defined in the Health Officer’s Order, of 50 or more people are prohibited anywhere within the City.
3. For all public and private events and gatherings attended by between 10-49 members of the public, held in a confined or enclosed space, and not prohibited by the Health Officer’s Order, the organizer of the event and the owner, manager, or operator of the venue holding of the event is required to:
a. Enforce social distancing measures.
b. Provide access to handwashing facilities with soap and water or with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
c. Post a sign in a conspicuous place at all public entries to the venue that instructs members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough.
d. Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
4. Effective immediately, all permanent food facilities, as defined by Health and Safety Code section 113849, may only prepare and offer food that is provided to customers via delivery service, via pick-up for takeout dining, and via drive-through. Bars and night clubs that offer food to consumers may remain open only for purposes of continuing to prepare and offer food to consumers via delivery service, via pick-up, or via drive-thru. Permanent food facilities that provide and offer food to consumers for pick up must require patrons or groups of patrons who are ordering food and beverages to be and remain at least six (6) feet apart from each other while inside the facility.
5. The closure of the following types of businesses:
a. Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food.
b. Movie theatres, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades.
c. Gyms and fitness centers.
d. Wineries, breweries, and tap rooms that provide tastings.
The Health Officer’s Order can be found here.
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about COVID-19:
- City of West Covina
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
For questions or to learn more about West Covina contact City Hall at (626) 939-8414.
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