LAST UPDATED 7/2/20 8:15 AM
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
As of July 1, there have been 84 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.
REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY CASES ARE CONFIRMED WITHIN ANY GIVEN AREA, THE BEST ADVICE IS STILL TO ASSUME THAT THE VIRUS IS IN EVERY PART OF THE COUNTY AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.
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.
UPDATE as of July 2, 2020:
On July 1, LA County announced a revised health order requiring the temporary closure of indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities.
On June 28, LA County announced that the county is adhering to a State of California directive requiring bars in LA County to close as of June 28. The County’s updated guidelines for restaurants reopening on-site dining specify that brewpubs, bars, brewery and winery tasting rooms, and craft distilleries are prohibited from contracting with a food vendor to resume operation, and bar counters in restaurants are required to close.
On June 11, the LA Health Officer issued “Reopening Safer At Work And In The Community For Control Of COVID-19 – Moving the County of Los Angeles into Stage 3 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap.” The order permits additional facilities and businesses to open, including fitness facilities, day camps, museums, zoos, campgrounds, and music/film/television production.
On May 26, LA County issued a revised order allowing for retailers to re-open and providing guidelines to do so safely. The order also allows for faith based establishments to provided in person services with certain restrictions in place.
Parks & Recreation Facilities
As of May 18, Lomita Park is open for active use consistent with a May 12 LA County Health Officer Order allowing for active use of certain facilities including tennis courts for singles play only. The park entrance off of Walnut St. will be unlocked Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to sundown, and as of May 27th, the tennis courts will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. (rather than previous 9:00 a.m. opening) to 5 p.m. with specific guidelines for their use posted on site. All other play equipment and courts remain closed. If you’re planning to use the park or the tennis courts, please follow the guidelines to ensure residents stay healthy and safe while enjoying Lomita Park.
The City’s other park facilities remain closed except for active use consistent with the County’s guidelines. The City of Lomita Parks and Recreation Division reminds all park guests that social distancing is required, and group gatherings are prohibited.
The May 26 order continues to require physical distancing and prohibits group gatherings, and it specifies that playgrounds, picnic areas, and community centers cannot yet open. Therefore, the City’s other park facilities remain closed except for active use consistent with the County’s guidelines.
Safety Actions for Everyone
- Stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms, are sick or are vulnerable.
- Wear a face covering whenever you leave home.
- Maintain six feet of space for social distancing. Step aside if necessary to let others pass.
- Limit visits to members of your household only. No group gatherings allowed.
- Carry hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes. Wash your hands often.
- Follow all posted regulations.
- Continue to stay home as much as possible to minimize exposure.
You can get a free COVID-19 test if you have symptoms. Visit www.covid19.lacounty/testing for more information about COVID-19 testing in LA County. For additional information about LA County’s efforts to confront coronavirus, visit www.covid19.lacounty.gov.
Latest City Updates (as of June 29, 2020)
- On May 26, the City Council approved a new small business forgivable loan program to provide much-needed financial assistance to the City’s small businesses, waived fees for permits necessary for businesses to expand into parking lots and sidewalk areas, and pushed State and County leaders to allow all local businesses to reopen safely with distancing and other safety precautions in place. For additional information, view the guidelines/application for the small business loan program and the guidelines for the expansion permit program. (The City will be accepting applications for the small business loan program from June 11 – 25.) Read the City press release for details.
- On May 26, the LA Health Officer issued a “Reopening Safer At Work And In The Community For Control Of COVID-19” order, which supersedes all prior “Safer At Home” orders.
- On May 25, the City of Lomita shared its support for LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s motion to allow local variances from State requirements to support small businesses in Lomita.
- On May 8, LA County took first steps toward reopening businesses and getting people back to work safely, including in the City of Lomita. A limited number of non-essential businesses were authorized to reopen.
- On April 14, the Lomita City Council approved a resolution extending the City’s existing emergency measures through May 15 to coincide with the County’s orders.
- On April 10, Los Angeles County issued a new Health Order extending the stipulation in the previous Health Officer Order through May 15, 2020 and including new stipulations on face coverings.
- On March 23, 2020, the City Council extended all emergency adjustments to City services through April 19 to coincide with the Order of the LA County Health Officer.
- On March 23, 2020, the City of Lomita adopted a local ordinance to protect tenants from evictions, in response to the Local State of Emergency.
- The Governor of California also issued a state-wide Safer at Home order that is available HERE.
- On March 17, the City of Lomita proclaimed a Local State of Emergency regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in preparation for the inevitable moment when cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in our community.
The City of Lomita asks that our residents comply with the above orders to the maximum extent possible.
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.
LA County Project Room Key
The LA County Homeless Initiative, through the State’s Project Roomkey has negotiated an agreement with a hotel in Lomita to house approximately 60 individuals currently experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we understand the need to care for the most vulnerable in our community during this unprecedented time, this arrangement takes advantage of the current emergency to place additional burden on communities like ours that are already shouldering more than our share of the provision of affordable housing in our region. We are holding LA County and the State of California accountable for putting in place the necessary management plans, security protocols and other measures to protect the health and safety of our community, and cover the costs of all services related to the hotel arrangement. While we may not be able to stop the State and County from operating this facility under this current emergency, we fully expect that when the emergency passes and the Governor’s emergency powers end, the County and State will terminate this operation. For more information, you can see our FAQs, where you can also find points of contact for the program.
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||Modified|
|Fire Emergency Response||Normal Operations|
|Fire Non-Emergency Response||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 note 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||Modified and/or Closed See information above regarding Lomita Park reopening for active use in accordance with the revised Health Officer Order as of May 18, 2020
|Street Sweeping||Normal Operations|
|Parking Enforcement||Modified and/or Suspended – Resuming on Monday, July 6
The City of Lomita is planning to resume parking enforcement beginning Monday, July 6, 2020. With restrictions imposed during the pandemic gradually lifting, Lomita will be resuming street sweeping and will begin issuing citations for street-sweeping and all other parking violations. View our flyer to learn more.
Prior to July 6, please help keep Lomita streets as clean as possible by parking your vehicle off the street on your designated sweeping day. For more information contact City Hall at (310) 325-7110.
|City Construction Activity||Modified|
|Community and Economic Development||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/.
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
The Los Angeles Unified School District and the Harbor City – Lomita Community of Schools want to ensure that our students are able to continue learning even under the modified distance learning structure. 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 Distance Learning Plan for your child’s school.
The Harbor City – Lomita Community of Schools will be hosting a virtual Town Hall via Zoom on April 27th at 6:00 PM to inform and update our families on the school closure and how LAUSD is supporting our families for academically and emotionally as they transition to online learning as well as other resources available to them. More information on the Town Hall and how you can join is available below or by clicking here
Free Meals at Grab & Go Food Centers
Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Our Grab & Go Food Centers are staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. The closest location to Lomita is at Narbonne High School at 24300 S. Western Avenue, Harbor City, CA 90710. For more information on the Grab & Go Meals program and other locations, please visit the LAUSD Resources page at https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
|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.
Our individual and community choices right now will determine how our hospitals are able to handle this virus. The CDC has recommended a ban of gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks. We recommend having three weeks of food, medication, and supplies on hand. Please limit contact with those outside of your family unit or dwelling as much as possible–it’s the right thing to do.
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 Small Businesses
All levels of government are working to support our small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
On May 26 Lomita City Council approved a new small business forgivable loan program to provide much-needed financial assistance to the City’s small businesses, waived fees for permits necessary for businesses to expand into parking lots and sidewalk areas, and pushed State and County leaders to allow all local businesses to reopen safely with distancing and other safety precautions in place. For additional information, view the guidelines/application for the small business loan program and the guidelines for the expansion permit program. (The City will be accepting applications for the small business loan program from June 11 – 25.)
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.