LAST UPDATED 5/10/21
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
As of May 10, there have been 1,470 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.
UPDATE as of May 6, 2021:
According to a press release from LA County, the county has met the state’s threshold to reopen key sectors in line with the yellow tier, allowing the following sectors to begin the following modified operations on Thursday, May 6 at 12:01 a.m.:
- Amusement/Theme Parks/Fairs can increase capacity to 35%. Fully vaccinated out of state visitors are permitted.
- Bars that do not provide meals can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Masking always required, except when eating or drinking; drinking and eating only while seated. Tables must be at least 6 feet apart and no counter seating/service. Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households. TV viewing is permitted. No live entertainment permitted indoors. Outdoors tables can have a maximum 8 persons per table from up to 3 different households; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 8 people sit together from up to 8 different households. Live entertainment and TV viewing permitted outdoors. No counter seating/service.
- Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals that do not serve meals can increase indoors capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer. No live entertainment permitted indoors. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas.
- Cardrooms/Racetracks/Satellite Wagering Facilities can operate indoors at 50% capacity. There must be 6-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned at the tables.
- Family Entertainment Centers can operate at 50% capacity, 75% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Masks are required
- Grocery and Retail Stores capacity remains limited to 75% with continued requirement for distancing of at least 6 feet between customers.
- Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can operate indoors at 50% capacity. Masks are always required unless swimming
- Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can operate at 75% capacity with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 mask or a face covering with a face shield.
- Indoor Shopping Malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
- Institutes of Higher Education can re-open all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
- Live Event and Performance Indoor venues up to 1,500 guests can operate at a maximum of 25% capacity or 50% if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Venues with 1,501 guests and above can operate at 10% capacity of 2,000 people; whichever is fewer or 50% capacity for tested or fully vaccinated guests.
- Live Event and Performance Outdoor venues can expand to 67% capacity with safety modifications.
- Movie Theaters can operate at 50% capacity. Reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance between any other groups (in all directions); capacity is limited to ensure that there is at least 6 feet of distance between groups. Seating sections can be established for fully vaccinated people without 6 feet distancing requirements provided there is 3 feet of distance between these sections and other seats in the theatre. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
- Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 75% capacity with safety modifications.
- Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
- Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to 3 separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing.
- Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity with continued safety modifications. There must be 6 feet distancing between tables. Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households.
- Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
- Waterparks can operate at 40% capacity with safety modifications.
- Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals. Indoor moderate and high contact sports are permitted following Collegiate Sports Protocols, which includes regular testing.
Vaccines & Testing
UPDATE as of March 25, 2021:
Beginning April 1, 2021, Californians 50+ will be able to sign up for a vaccination appointment. Beginning April 15, 2021, eligibility will be expanded to everyone 16 and older.
LA County is implementing a plan to distribute the vaccine in phases. As of March 1, 2021, LA County is continuing Phase 1B with vaccine appointments available to workers in the following sectors: Education and Childcare, Emergency Services, and Food and Agriculture. The following groups prioritized in Phase 1A and an initial launch of Phase 1B remain eligible: Healthcare Workers, Staff & Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities, Staff & Residents at Long-Term Care Facilities, and LA County Residents 65 and Older. Eligible residents should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule their appointments. 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. See a list and a map of vaccination locations for details.
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 April 2, 2021:
On April 5, 2021, LA County has stated that youth and adult recreational sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.
On January 25, 2021, the State lifted the Regional Stay at Home Order. The following is currently allowed in LA County with adherence to all of the sector specific directives to ensure distancing, wearing of face coverings, and infection control:
- Outdoor recreational activities (including playgrounds) are open
As of May 18, 2020, Lomita Park opened for active use consistent with a May 12 LA County Health Officer Order allowing for active use of certain facilities. 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. 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.
Latest City Updates (as of April 2, 2021)
- On May 5, 2021, LA County published a press release announcing yellow-tier re-openings to begin Thursday, May 6, permitting a wide range of increased indoor operations in sectors including bars; movie theaters; waterparks; live indoor and outdoor events.
- On March 30, 2021, LA County published a press release announcing orange-tier re-openings to begin Monday, April 5, permitting a wide range of increased operations in sectors including restaurants; bars; movie theaters; gyms; places of worship; and museums, zoos and aquariums.
- On March 12, LA County published a press release announcing red-tier re-openings to begin Monday, March 15, permitting a wide range of indoor operations in sectors including middle and high schools; restaurants; movie theaters; gyms and museums; and zoos and aquariums.
- On January 29, LA County issued an updated Health Officer Order allowing outdoor dining at restaurants, breweries, and wineries, with physical distancing and new infection control protocols in place.
- The State lifted its Regional Stay at Home Order on January 25 and moved all counties back into the Blueprint for Safer Economy color-coded tiers. LA County, along with the majority of the State, is in the most restrictive purple tier. With the lifting of the Regional Stay Home Order, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order that was issued on Nov. 25 is now in effect until a new Health Officer Order is issued later this week to more fully align with the sector openings permitted in the purple tier. See the LA County Public Health press release for details.
- On December 27, LA County announced that the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Order is revised to remain in effect for as long as the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order remains in effect in the Southern California Region.
- On December 8, the Lomita City Council approved a resolution supporting any efforts to allow local businesses to remain open and operating safely and in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols. The Lomita City Council recognizes the negative impacts that outdoor dining restrictions are having on small businesses and restaurants. The resolution supports any action by the LA County Board of Supervisors that will repeal the outdoor dining restrictions that took effect on November 25, 2020.
- As of Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., a State Regional Stay at Home Order is in effect in Southern California, including Lomita. LA County announced plans to modify its County Health Officer Order to fully align with the State Regional Stay at Home Order. View the press release from LA County Public Health for details.
- On November 27, LA County announced additional safety modifications, referred to as a Targeted Safer at Home Order, that take effect Monday, November 30, 2020 and remain in effect through December 20, 2020. The new order advises residents to stay home as much as possible and outlines additional safety modifications across sectors, while allowing those securing or providing essential services to leave their homes.
- On November 22, LA County announced a modified Health Officer Order to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars. As of Wednesday November 25 at 10 p.m., when the order takes effect, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru and delivery services. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next three weeks.
- On November 19, the State of California announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier, including LA County. The order takes effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, November 21 and remains in effect until 5 a.m. December 21.
- On November 17, LA County announced tighter restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, as cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. The new guidelines limit outdoor capacity for non-essential businesses, require appointments and face coverings at personal care establishments, and require non-essential retail establishments to close from 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- As of October 20, the City Council has moved to resume enforcement of all parking violations in Lomita, including street sweeping and tags expired in 2020, beginning January 1, 2021.
- On October 6, the City Council moved to let the emergency protection ordinance prohibiting evictions to expire. State and Los Angeles County continue to have eviction moratoriums in place for those those facing hardships related to the pandemic.
- On October 1, LA County announced that nail salons may offer indoor services at 25% occupancy provided they are in full compliance with the Health Officer’s protocols. All other current restrictions remain unchanged at this time.
- On September 15, the City Council gave staff direction to extend the suspension of street sweeping parking enforcement through November 30, 2020, in an effort to support residents asked to stay “Safer at Home” due to COVID-19. (See flyer for details.)
- On September 2, LA County announced that hair salons and barbershops may offer indoor services at 25% occupancy provided they are in full compliance with the Health Officer’s protocols. All other current restrictions remain unchanged at this time.
- On August 28, the State of California announced the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide, stringent and slow plan which imposes risk-based criteria on COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease. Visit the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website to see the status of activities in each county.
- On August 11, the City of Lomita shared information with residents regarding the LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. View the program announcement for details.
- On August 4, as part of the City’s business support programs, the City Council approved $5,000 micro grants for 28 small businesses in Lomita to help them support their employees as they struggle with the effects of the pandemic. The City Council also extended its emergency protection ordinance prohibiting evictions for those facing hardships related to the pandemic.
- On August 4, the City Council gave staff direction that citations issued for street sweeping between July 6 and July 22 will be formally dismissed and payments made will be refunded. Street sweeping parking enforcement in Lomita is once again suspended, effective July 22 until September 30, 2020, based on continuing changes to County and Statewide health orders and in an effort to support residents asked to stay “Safer at Home.” (See flyer for details.)
- On July 13, LA County announced a revised health officer order requiring the closure of additional indoor operations including gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbershops, and malls.
- 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 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.
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 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
See information above regarding Lomita Park reopening for active use in accordance with City mandated health and safety rules as of October 1, 2020.
|Street Sweeping||Normal Operations
The City is currently not enforcing street sweeping on streets around Eshelman Elementary and Lomita Magnet.
|Parking Enforcement||Normal Operations
Street sweeping parking enforcement resumed on January 1, 2021. See flyer for details.
|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/.
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 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.