Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2020-04-08T17:04:18-07:00
Is the City administering coronavirus tests?2020-03-25T16:15:57-07:00

No, the City is not administering coronavirus tests. Please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for more information about testing.

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Does the City have information on specific coronavirus cases in city limits?2020-03-25T16:15:43-07:00

No. Due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, the City does not have access to resident information about coronavirus. For up-to-date information about COVID-19 cases in the area, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.

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When will programs and events restart?2020-06-14T16:38:31-07:00

Lomita residents, along with other residents of LA County, have been doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. LA County is now taking steps toward safely reopening businesses and getting people back to work safely, including in the City of Lomita.

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. The order specifies certain businesses and activities that can resume, with individuals continuing to adhere to physical distancing and other health and safety guidelines. Individuals are encouraged to continue to stay in their residences as much as practicable.

On June 11, the LA Health Officer issued a new order, “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 new order permits additional facilities and businesses to open, including fitness facilities, day camps, museums, zoos, campgrounds, and music/film/television production.

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Does the City determine whether schools remain open?2020-03-25T16:15:17-07:00

No. The City coordinates closely with schools, but the decision to close ultimately comes from the district.

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Does the city have a health department?2020-03-25T16:15:05-07:00

No, the City (like most other municipalities) has no healthcare agency. With very few exceptions, these services are provided county-wide by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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What is still open?2020-07-13T21:12:32-07:00

According to the most recent orders and guidelines from LA County, facilities such as outdoor dining areas and parks are currently allowed to be open.

Based upon a revised health officer order that LA County announced July 13, additional indoor operations must now close, including gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbershops, and malls. These closures are in addition to the following types of facilities already required to be closed:  indoor dining, movie theaters, bars, zoos, museums, concerts and beaches.

LA County’s public health orders require individuals to practice physical distancing at all times while out in public and to wear a face covering when in contact with others. They also encourage people to continue to remain in their residences whenever practicable.

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What is closed?2020-07-13T21:13:01-07:00

Based upon a revised health officer order that LA County announced July 13, additional indoor operations must now close, including gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbershops, and malls. These closures are in addition to the following types of facilities already required to be closed:  indoor dining, movie theaters, bars, zoos, museums, concerts and beaches.

According to the most recent orders and guidelines from LA County, facilities such as outdoor dining areas and parks are currently allowed to be open.

LA County’s public health orders require individuals to practice physical distancing at all times while out in public and to wear a face covering when in contact with others. They also encourage people to continue to remain in their residences whenever practicable.

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Is this mandatory or just guidance?2020-03-25T16:13:40-07:00

This is a mandatory legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is considered a misdemeanor crime not to follow the order (but the intent is not for anyone to get in trouble).

It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the entire community.

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What if I need to get healthcare from my medical provider or get my prescription filled?2020-03-25T16:13:28-07:00

Yes, you can still address your health needs. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services, as some may be postponed or canceled. If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.

Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed to operate. When possible, you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.

Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital or call 9-1-1 unless you are having an actual emergency.

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Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?2020-03-25T16:12:56-07:00

Yes. Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.

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Can I still order and get deliveries from online stores?2020-03-25T16:12:30-07:00

Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as can food delivery services.

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Can I use ride share, a taxi or public transportation?2020-03-25T16:12:19-07:00

Yes, but only for essential travel.

Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport or ride share services, you should maintain at least six feet (or two to three steps away) from others.

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Should I stock up on food, necessities like toilet paper, and on medicines?2020-03-25T16:12:05-07:00

No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores will remain open. Continue to buy normal quantities of these items of the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure there is enough for everyone.

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What should I do if I’m sick and need to go to the hospital or a medical provider? How can I protect others?2020-03-25T16:11:30-07:00

If possible, walk or drive yourself to the healthcare facility. If someone else in your home is sick and can drop you off, that is another good option. You want to try to avoid exposing others to any germs you have, especially if you are seriously ill.

If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a surgical mask or N-95 mask, you can wear that to prevent exposing others. If you don’t have that, you could use a temporary method such as wrapping a clean scarf around your mouth and nose to try to reduce droplets when you cough and sneeze.

Although this is not an approved method, it is something you can do to avoid exposing others. Just do the best you can.

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LA County Project Room Key

Which hotel is housing homeless individuals in Lomita due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Where is the hotel?2020-04-08T16:22:46-07:00

The County of Los Angeles Homeless Initiative is the organization coordinating the lease agreements with hotels throughout the County, and LA County is not disclosing the specific hotel name or location. There is no walk-up access available to stay at the hotel; individuals are only being connected to the hotel on a case-by-base basis through the County’s coordinated entry system.  

While the City of Lomita understands 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. The City is working to hold 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.  

For additional information about the program, please reach out to one of the following points of contact: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Government Affairs Jose Delgado (jdelgado@lahsa.org or  (213) 225-8492), Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Communications Ahmad Chapman (achapman@lahsa.org, (213) 225-8491) or (for questions or concerns about the onsite logistics) LA County Fire Department Section Chief Kenichi Ballew-Haskett (kenichi.haskett@fire.lacounty.gov).

How many homeless individuals are expected to come to Lomita during the course of this COVID-19 emergency? How many homeless people are here currently?2020-04-08T16:22:46-07:00

Based on our understanding of the lease agreement, LA County is planning to house up to 60 homeless individuals in a hotel in Lomita. In the County’s 2019 Point in Time count, there were 26 homeless individuals in our community. City leaders have shared our concerns with the County that this, in effect, adds double that amount in one single location, with little notification or opportunity to seek input from the community.

While the City of Lomita understands 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.  

We are also going to hold the County accountable to limiting this lease to the duration of the current emergency and ensure they provide a detailed plan for each individual to be connected with long-term housing and services at the conclusion of this emergency. The City must have a seat at the table as long-term plans are made to ensure that Lomita does not end up shouldering this burden beyond this emergency.

For additional information about the program, please reach out to one of the following points of contact: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Government Affairs Jose Delgado (jdelgado@lahsa.org or  (213) 225-8492), Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Communications Ahmad Chapman (achapman@lahsa.org, (213) 225-8491) or (for questions or concerns about the onsite logistics) LA County Fire Department Section Chief Kenichi Ballew-Haskett (kenichi.haskett@fire.lacounty.gov). 

When will homeless individuals be moving into the hotel being leased by the County?2020-04-08T16:22:46-07:00

Based on our understanding, individuals will be able to stay at the hotel in Lomita as of Wednesday, April 8. It is important to note that there is no walk-up access available to stay at the hotel; individuals are only being connected to the hotel on a case-by-base basis through the County’s coordinated entry system.  

We are also going to hold the County accountable to limiting this lease to the duration of the current emergency and ensure they provide a detailed plan for each individual to be connected with long-term housing and services at the conclusion of this emergency. The City must have a seat at the table as long-term plans are made to ensure that Lomita does not end up shouldering this burden beyond this emergency.

For additional information about the program, please reach out to one of the following points of contact: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Government Affairs Jose Delgado (jdelgado@lahsa.org or  (213) 225-8492), Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Communications Ahmad Chapman (achapman@lahsa.org, (213) 225-8491) or (for questions or concerns about the onsite logistics) LA County Fire Department Section Chief Kenichi Ballew-Haskett (kenichi.haskett@fire.lacounty.gov). 

While homeless individuals are staying at a Lomita hotel under the authority of the Governor’s emergency declarations, how will the City ensure the health and security of people at the hotel and the surrounding community?2020-04-08T16:22:46-07:00

While the City of Lomita understands 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.  

The County has expressed to the City that individuals at the facility will be medically screened prior to entry by transfer, as well as multiple times daily, and will have protocols in place to transfer any individual that may become symptomatic to an alternative facility capable of managing care for that individual.

The County has also expressed that there will be security and management personnel present on site 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of the community.

While homeless individuals are staying at a Lomita hotel during the emergency, will the homeless individuals be able to leave the hotel?2020-04-08T16:22:46-07:00

Individuals who may be staying at the hotel will need to follow the same Safer At Home order as other LA County residents, so all movement outside of their rooms will be limited to what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.

In addition, the City of Lomita is 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.  

 

Would homeless individuals be medically screened at all for coronavirus before entering the hotel in Lomita being leased by the County during the COVID-19 pandemic?2020-04-08T16:22:46-07:00

The individuals will be required to undergo health screenings prior to transportation to the multiple times a day and, if symptomatic in any way, be required to take protective measures or be moved to an alternative facility capable of providing the necessary level of care.

At the end of the emergency declaration, what will happen to the homeless individuals staying at the hotel?2020-04-08T16:28:16-07:00

The City has specifically requested a demobilization plan from the County to ensure that each and every individual at the facility is offered permanent or alternative housing at conclusion of the emergency period and that Lomita’s share of the regional efforts to support those experiencing homlessness is not increased as a result of this State and County effort. 

How long is the hotel arrangement expected to be in place?2020-04-08T16:27:21-07:00

The County has indicated that the lease period is expected to be 2-3 months and although it could be extended it is limited to the extent of the Governor’s emergency declaration.

Why has Lomita been selected to temporarily house homeless individuals during this emergency, and are there other hotels or locations where these arrangements will be made?2020-04-08T16:26:55-07:00

As of April 8th, the County has already opened four other locations in various areas of the County, with many others under negotiations, with the goal of 15,000 rooms County wide for this purpose.  Although they are not releasing the specific locations of each site, we have been told that there are no other locations in Lomita currently on the list.

Who can I contact directly if I have additional questions or concerns about the hotel being leased by the County during the COVID-19 pandemic?2020-04-08T16:31:19-07:00

If you have questions or concerns about the overall program, you may reach out to:

  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Government Affairs Jose Delgado (jdelgado@lahsa.org or  (213) 225-8492)
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services AuthorityDirector of Communications Ahmad Chapman (achapman@lahsa.org, (213) 225-8491)

If you have questions or concerns about the onsite logistics, you may reach out to: