All parks and dog parks in West Hollywood are officially closed to the public City Councilmember Lauren Meister announced today. The closing is in response to reports of people in those parks not observing the social-distancing rule that is intended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.
In an email message to residents, Meister also said that City Manager Paul Arevalo has issued an executive order that will allow non-essential retailers, whose stores have been ordered to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to obtain a permit to sell from the sidewalk goods that are needed to slow the spread of the virus (e.g. face coverings, hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes) . There will be no fee charged for the permit.
Local retailers have been boarding up their windows to prevent vandalism during the shutdown. Today’s executive order says that is permitted, however the window coverings must be painted and secured either on the inside or outside of the window.
Meister also provided details about the rules that the City Council on Monday agreed to have applied to ensure sanitation at construction sites.
Construction sites shall abide by the following requirements or may be issued a stop work order:
- Hand washing facilities or hand sanitizer shall be installed at entrances to construction projects (unless the work is being conducted in an occupied building with operable restrooms in which case sinks are available for hand washing).
- Shared tools and equipment shall be regularly sanitized.
- Signage shall be posted at entrances to construction projects or common areas where work is occurring in an occupied building to instruct workers of social distancing and sanitation requirements, and workers who are sick or exhibit symptoms of being ill or those in recent close contact with someone expos ed to COVID-19 shall not be present on the work site. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health standards for social distancing shall apply.
- Face coverings shall be worn by all persons present at the construction site, and when necessary, OSHA regulations for personal protective equipment for the activity being performed shall be followed.
- Workers shall not gather in groups larger than three during breaks and shall maintain a six-foot social distance during such breaks.
- “Choke points” and “high-risk areas” shall be identified where workers are forced to stand together, such as hallways, hoists and elevators, break areas, and buses, and they shall be controlled so social distancing is maintained, to the extent practicable.
- Interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials shall be minimized to allow social distancing.
- The trades shall be staggered as necessary to reduce density and maintain social distancing.