Coronavirus
Recovery

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While we continue to stay the course to slow the spread of COVID-19, we plan for recovery, as a nation, state, county and South Bay community.


State of California

Employers and workplaces must comply with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OHSA) COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards. The Standards Board will be meeting on June 17 to provide guidance on masking and physical distancing to protect employees in the workplace. 

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy: On April 6, 2021, the State announced that it aims to fully reopen on June 15. As the State reaches 20 million vaccines administered and COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations have stabilized, California looks to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopen the economy. On June 15, all industries across the State can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations. The State will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.

What triggers the move Beyond the Blueprint?
On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:
1. Equitable vaccine availability: If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years or older who wish to be inoculated.
AND
2. Consistently low burden of disease: Hospitalizations are stable and low, and specifically, hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals are low.
Learn more here. 

Blueprint for a Safer Economy: On August 28, 2020, the State revised their recovery roadmap and created an updated, color-coded Tier Framework that classifies each county based on their daily case rate and positivity rate. This tiered system will guide possible sector reopenings for each county to consider. Although the State lists permitted activities in each Tier, it is important to note that the County may be more restrictive than State guidance. The ultimate decisions about sector reopenings will remain under the purview of the local Health Officer Orders that are developed in consultation with the Board of Supervisors. For more information on the state's recovery plan, visit covid19.ca.gov.

Click here to view Blueprint for a Safer Economy: Activity and Business Tiers (as of April 13, 2021).


Los Angeles County

Next week, L.A. County will issue a modified Health Officer Order to align with the State that will include new masking guidance, requirements for workplaces to adhere to the Cal/OSHA standards, and any needed sector-specific protocols that remain in place for schools, day cares, camps, and high-risk congregate settings. These sector specific guidance documents will be aligned with the State guidance for these sectors.  The many other sector-specific protocols that are currently on the Public Health website will be retired on June 15. The County will also follow the State on lifting current travel restrictions on June 15 to align with CDC travel recommendations. 

Employers and workplaces must comply with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OHSA) COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards. The Standards Board will be meeting on June 17 to provide guidance on masking and physical distancing to protect employees in the workplace.  

County to Align with State June 15 Reopening: 

Los Angeles County will align with the State's June 15 plans that ease many capacity limits and distancing requirements and adopt CDC's masking guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. 
  • People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to wear masks in most situations. 
  • There are specific requirements for large capacity indoor events. 
  • The County will also follow the State on lifting current travel restrictions on June 15 to align with CDC travel recommendations. 
  • It will be important for all businesses to comply with all of the Cal/OSHA masking and distancing requirements at worksites past June 15. 
  • After most sectors reopen fully on June 15, there will continue to be sector-specific protocols for schools, day cares, camps, hospitals, health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings; these protocols will continue masking, distancing and infection control safety measures as appropriate. And while businesses may not be required to maintain distancing, masking and infection control after June 15, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recognizes that many businesses may want to continue some public health measures for the safety of their workers and customers. The Department of Public Health will be posting best practices to help businesses make plans and will provide more updates on these as they become available.

Roadmap to Recovery

On May 6, 2020, LA County issued their five-stage roadmap to recovery that describes a phased approach to relaxing select directives of the Safer at Home Order and a reopening process for certain business sectors. View the presentation here.

Until stage five is reached, Health Officer Orders and directives will continue to ensure that we slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities. Physical distancing, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, self-isolation and self-quarantine will continue to be very important throughout the foreseeable future. People who have underlying health conditions will still be at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it will continue to be very important for the County's vulnerable residents to stay at home as much as possible. These are the metrics to guide reopening in LA County.

For the most recent Health Officer Order, visit bchd.org/covidupdates.


South Bay

Beach Cities Health District is following guidance from the state and county to inform our plans for recovery here in the Beach Cities. Beach Cities Health District, the mayors from Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and El Segundo joined Los Angeles District 4 Supervisor Janice Hahn on a conference call on Friday, April 17, 2020 to discuss plans for recovery in the South Bay once the Health Officer Order is lifted.

Using Gov. Gavin Newsom’s six critical indicators as a framework and keeping the health and well-being of residents as top priority, Beach Cities Health District created a phased recovery plan for the Beach Cities. The following are thresholds or triggers that need to happen for us to move into the next phase of recovery:

  • Sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days
  • Widespread testing and contact tracing
  • Ability of our healthcare system to handle surges

View Beach Cities COVID-19 Strategic Recovery Plan (DRAFT)