LAST UPDATED 10/18/21
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
As of October 18, there have been 1,937 cases of COVID-19 within the City of Lomita as well as many others throughout the South Bay.
Continue to check the LA County COVID-19 Dashboard for the most up to date information for every city and area in the County. For additional information about LA County’s efforts to confront coronavirus, visit www.covid19.lacounty.gov.
For the most up-to-date information on health recommendations, please visit the CDC website, the California Department of Public Health website, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.
Latest City Updates (as of September 2021)
In accordance with the LA County Health Officer Order, City Hall, Lomita Park Office, and the Railroad Museum is open to the public. Normal parking enforcement of parking violations resumed on July 1, 2021.
If you are planning a visit to our facilities soon, keep in mind that the following COVID-19 public safety protocols are in place:
- Adhere to our posted signage at entry points
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available upon entry
- Plexiglass screens have been installed at public counters
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting will be taking place
- Face coverings for all individuals are required in indoor public settings
The City remains dedicated to protecting the health and wellness of our community and will continue following State and County public health recommendations and guidance. During the closure, staff provided services by phone, email and online and residents and visitors are encouraged to continue to complete transactions this way when possible. If you are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please refrain from entering any City facility. Lomita will also maintain the following practices:
- Conduct virtual or hybrid City Council, Commission and other public meetings
- Issue permits for outdoor dining
- Continue deferral of water shutoffs on delinquent accounts
- Disseminate public service information such as vaccine distribution, rent relief, and food distribution programs
- Continue the development of economic relief programs with funds received through the federal American Rescue Plan
Vaccines & Testing
UPDATE as of August 2021:
On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization (EUA) continues to be available for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. All residents 12 and older are now eligible to sign up for a vaccination appointment at VaccinateLACounty.com. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.
Vaccination sites are available across LA County, including one in Lomita. For additional information about the vaccine, please visit the LA County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage. There you can find more specific information about the vaccine distribution as well as a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine.
Testing for COVID-19 is currently recommended if you have symptoms, have been asked to test as a result of contact tracing, or if in the past two weeks you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or many people who were not wearing face coverings and/or keeping a safe distance.
While the City of Lomita is not administering COVID tests, testing is widely available across LA County. Residents can find more information about testing on the LA County COVID-19 Testing webpage.
Parks & Recreation Facilities
UPDATE as of September 2021:
Lomita Park and the Lomita Park Office are open to the public.
Due to LA County Department of Public Health’s revised health protocol for Youth Sports, the City has cancelled all “Moderate/High Risk” youth sports for the upcoming Fall season, including volleyball and flag football. Athletes are encouraged to participate in alternative recreation activities, such as non-team, skills based clinics and instruction.
The City will be offering programs that fall under the “Low Risk” category, such as dance, martial arts, soccer, tennis and multi-sport exercise classes. For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation page.
On April 20, 2021, the Lomita City Council approved the resumption of summer recreational programming and special events with proper precautions after the statewide reopening on June 15, 2021. The City continues to host events:
- National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3 at Lomita City Hall front lawn
- Movies Under the Stars: Trolls World Tour on Saturday, August 14 at Lomita Park
- Halloween in Lomita on Saturday, October 30 at Lomita Park
- Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 11 at Veteran’s Park
- City Tree Lighting on Friday, December 3 at Lomita City Hall front lawn
The City of Lomita Parks and Recreation Division reminds all park guests to follow the State and County requirements related to masking.
State and County Guidelines
UPDATED as of September 20, 2021:
Beginning October 7, 2021, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs and lounges open for indoor service and operations must verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of their employees and customers. The updated Health Officer Order is available here.
LA County Department of Public Health has revised the required protocols for Organized Youth Sports effective September 1, 2021.
Masks are required for everyone while indoors at public settings and businesses, regardless of vaccination status effective Saturday, July 17, 2021.
On June 15, 2021, Governor Newsom has lifted the Stay at Home Order and Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopen the state.
Businesses may reopen without capacity limitations or physical distancing requirements in place. In settings where masks are required for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, businesses may choose to do the following:
- Continue to require all persons to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status,
- Post visible signage of mask requirements and allow customers to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry, or
- Implement a proactive COVID-19 vaccination verification process to determine whether customers are required to wear a mask prior to entering the premises
As day camps and schools are considered higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, these sectors must follow LA County’s sector specific reopening protocols listed on their website. For more information about other sectors that require risk reduction measures, please see page six of the Health Officer Order.
The City of Lomita asks that our residents comply with the above orders to the maximum extent possible.
Lomita City Council Allocated American Rescue Plan Funds to Help Small Businesses, Support Critical Infrastructure and Keep Residents and Employees Safe
On September 21, 2021, the Lomita City Council adopted a resolution allocating funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a federal initiative that provides direct and flexible aid to local municipalities. The City was allocated approximately $4.8 million under the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to properly respond to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and help the community recover.
Working with the City’s Recovery Committee, and the Lomita Chamber of Commerce, the following categories were identified for funding:
- Economic Development
- Critical Infrastructure
- Small Business Development
- Workforce Development
- Public Health and Community Resiliency
Within each of these categories, Lomita is planning to cover all COVID-19 expenditures, fund the GAC Upgrades at the Cypress Water Production Facility, enhance the City’s Job Creation and Business Incentive Program, implement a Facade Improvement Program for local small businesses, partner with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board for workforce development and strengthen the City’s workplace safety and digital infrastructure.
The City Council has the flexibility to adjust the amount of funding for each program and project as needed to ensure funds are going where they are most needed. As the programs move forward, City staff will meet with the Economic Development Committee and present the City Council with recommendations for adjustments to funding levels as necessary.
“Councilmember Uphoff and I have been working closely with City staff to determine how these funds would best serve our community,” said Mayor Mark Waronek. “The pandemic has been a source of hardship for many, and I am confident that each of these programs will provide much needed relief for our residents and businesses.”
Lift Up Lomita
During these trying times, we are encouraged by all the great acts of neighborliness in our community and our region. The City is working to gather and share positive stories of Lomita lifting up Lomita, and we are also coordinating efforts to provide care packages of paper goods and other necessary items to those in need. Visit our Lift Up Lomita page for details and information on how to get involved.
THE FOLLOWING SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORDER(S) OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER.
City Hall is still here to help you, but in compliance with the State and County Safer at Home orders we’re reducing in-person interactions. Please see the lists below for the most up-to-date information about the status of city services and facilities:
|Emergency Operations Center (EOC)||Activated|
|Sheriff’s Emergency Response||Normal Operations|
|Sheriff’s Non-Emergency Response||Ongoing/Modified|
|Fire Emergency Response||Normal Operations|
|Fire Non-Emergency Response||Ongoing/Modified|
|Water Services Emergency||Normal Operations|
|Water Services||Normal Operations|
|Water Bill Payments||Modified
Lomita Water has suspended service disconnections for non-payment and is waiving late fees for residents. For more information, please visit www.LomitaWater.com and/or call (310) 325-7110.
|Sewer Services||Normal Operations|
|Trash Services||RETURNED TO NORMAL OPERATIONS
As of Monday May 11, LA County Sanitation recycling facilities have resumed operations, and as such, CalMet services will return to normal 3-truck pickups. Please continue to separate your materials as normal .
|Parks and Recreation Programming||RETURNING TO NORMAL OPERATIONS
See information above regarding Lomita Park Office reopening on July 1, 2021 and the resumption of recreational programming and seasonal youth sports.
|Street Sweeping||Normal Operations
The City is currently not enforcing street sweeping on streets around Eshelman Elementary and Lomita Magnet.
|Parking Enforcement||Normal Operations
Normal enforcement of parking violations, including expired tags, is set to resume July 1, 2021.
|City Construction Activity||Ongoing/Modified|
|Community and Economic Development||Ongoing/Modified
For information regarding Community Development Services such as Planning, Permitting, Code Enforcement, and County Building and Safety, please visit www.lomita.com/cityhall/government/commdev/.
For information regarding Public Works Department’s available Services and Operations, please visit www.lomita.com/cityhall/public_works/.
The Lomita Library is now open Tuesday – Saturday for select in-person services. Sidewalk service is available at select times and by request only. For more information, please visit https://lacountylibrary.org/lomita-library/.
Contact information for each of the City’s departments is available here. For more information, or for direct assistance, please call City Hall directly at (310) 325-7110.
LAUSD Information for Lomita and Harbor City Students
To assist students and parents with finding information specific to each of the schools in our area, please find below a list of contact information for each of our local schools. Please click on the link for each school for up to date information regarding the plan for your child’s school.
|School Site||Website/Contact Information|
|Narbonne High School||https://www.narbonnehsgauchos.com/|
|Narbonne HARTS Academy||https://www.hartsacademy.org/|
|Fleming Middle School||https://flemingms.org/|
|Eshelman Ave. Elementary School||https://eshelmanes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/|
|Lomita STEAM Magnet||https://lomitamsm-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/|
|President Ave. Elementary School||https://presidentavees-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/|
|Normont Ave. Elementary School||https://normontes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/|
|Harbor City Elementary School||https://harborcity-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/|
What to Do if You or a Family Member Becomes Ill
If you or a family member becomes ill, please call your doctor for advice about treatment and testing. The City does not provide testing services. More information is also available through LA County Department of Public Health.
Workers in California may be eligible for benefits due to illness from COVID-19 or the effects of related orders. For more information on disability insurance, paid family leave, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, and workers’ compensation, please visit the California Department of Labor’s website.
Help for Renters
Income eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 can apply for the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which offers financial assistance with past due rent or utilities dating back to April 1, 2020 and future payments. Residents and landlords can check eligibility and apply at HousingIsKey.com or by calling 833-430-2122.
Help for Small Businesses
All levels of government are working to support our small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The Lomita Chamber of Commerce is working hard to support and engage with our local business community. Information regarding assistance for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is available on their website.
For information about loans from the federal Small Business Association (SBA), please visit SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance webpage.
For information about assistance from the State of California, visit the Employment Development Department’s Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) webpage. Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program to avoid layoffs, receive advice from the Rapid Response center, and/or request a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes.
Other small business resources:
- California Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy (JEDE): resources to assist small businesses, entrepreneurs and workers
- The Small Business Advocate
- State Employment Development Department Resources for Self-Employed/Independent Contractors
- Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program
Help for Vulnerable Populations
California recommends that all seniors over the age of 65 and those with chronic conditions continue to abide by the Safer At Home guidelines and stay in their homes. If you are at risk, stay home! If you need anything, reach out to your neighbors and seek help. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lomita Station is also conducting welfare checks for vulnerable individuals. Please contact the Station directly for more information or assistance at (310) 539-1661.
Other Coronavirus Information
- City Council meetings may now be conducted in person or by teleconference until further notice. Agendas and instructions for participation will continue to be posted on the City’s website.
- Lomita Water is not disconnecting services for non-payment to support customers impacted by COVID-19.
- Visit our FAQs for more information.
- The Lomita Chamber of Commerce is working to maintain a list of restaurants and businesses that are continuing to offer take out and remain open. For more information, visit the Chamber website at www.LomitaChamber.org.