LAST UPDATED 4/3/20 3:45 PM
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
On March 17th, 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.
As of April 3rd, there are six cases of COVID-19 within the City of Lomita. There are also 76 cases listed within the City of Torrance as well as many others throughout the South Bay. On March 27th, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began reporting the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 by City jurisdiction rather than by combined region. (See our FAQ’s Page for additional details on the reporting). (Updated on 4/3/20 at 3:45 pm)
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.
Continue to check the LA County COVID-19 Dashboard for the most up to date information for every city and area in the County.
The City continues to monitor and speak with the health experts at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Their health expertise and guidance are critical to the City’s planning and response to the coronavirus. On March 11, the coronavirus outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The City Emergency Operations Center is currently activated at level III and staffed during normal business hours. City Hall is operational but remains closed to the public as part of strict social distancing protocols that the City has implemented.
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 April 3, 2020)
- On March 23, 2020, the City Council extended all emergency adjustments to City services (detailed below) through April 19th to coincide with the Order of the LA County Health Officer. Future extensions may be considered as need arises.
- 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.
- On March 21, 2020 the County Department of Public Health issued an enhanced Order to reconcile elements in the March 19 Health Officer Order necessary to be consistent with the Governor’s Order. The enhanced Order prohibits all gatherings and events, and clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services (including hair and nail salons) are non-essential services that are closed.For more information, see the Enhanced Order or visit the Department of Public Health Coronavirus Information website directly.
- The Governor of California also issued a state-wide Safer at Home order that is available HERE.
- 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.
At its meeting of March 17, 2020, the City Council of the City of Lomita approved Resolution 2020-02 confirming the existence of local emergency within the City of Lomita. A copy of the resolution is available here.
As part of that resolution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of the public and of City staff, the City Council directed that City services continue to be provided and City staff available, but that all City facilities be closed to the public until further notice. City Council has acted to ensure that all essential City operations continue to operate, while also protecting the health and safety of City staff. City services, including Public Works services, continue to be provided to the Lomita community, while City employees adhere to all federal, state and local guidelines.
THE FOLLOWING SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 19,2020 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORDER 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|
Please note that you may temporarily see commingled collection of your trash and recyclables, due to modified operations at our processing facilities. Please continue to separate your materials, and regular operations will resume as soon as possible.
|Parks and Recreation Programming||Cancelled/Closed|
|Street Sweeping||Normal Operations|
|Parking Enforcement||Modified and/or Suspended
As our residents cope with the impacts of school closures and other effects, we understand parking may be difficult, particularly on street sweeping days. As such, the City has suspended all sweeping related parking enforcement until further notice. Our Sweepers are still working, and our Parking teams may still be in the City to address specific safety related concerns as necessary. For more information contact City Hall at (310) 325-7110
|City Construction Activity||Cancelled|
|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 School Site 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.
|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/|
On March 19, 2020 the State and the County issued Safer At Home Orders that apply to the City of Lomita and State-wide. The orders mandate all residents to remain in place, with the exception of essential needs. This necessary measure is being implemented to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. Everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, go to an essential job, or go for walks if you are not in a group. This order is in effect until further notice.
On March 21, 2020 the County Department of Public Health issued an enhanced Order to reconcile elements in the March 19 Health Officer Order necessary to be consistent with the Governor’s Order. The enhanced Order prohibits all gatherings and events, and clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services (including hair and nail salons) are non-essential services that are closed.
For more information, see the Enhanced Order or visit the Department of Public Health Coronavirus Information website directly.
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.
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.