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COVID-19: Updates & Resources

The Lomita Chamber continues to monitor local city, county and federal orders, as well as gather resources to help our businesses and community. We hope these are helpful.

NOTE: INFORMATION CHANGES FREQUENTLY. WE’RE DOING OUR BEST TO STAY ON TOP OF THESE CHANGES. SOME RESOURCES OR UPDATES MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE PUBLISHING.

Please visit the LA County Public Health Department Website for latest info on Health Orders

Revised Health Officer Order: January 5, 2022

Updated Health Officer Order (HOO) goes into effect January 5 2022

The changes going into effect are listed below:

  • Eating and drinking is prohibited at gaming tables at cardrooms (per the previous threshold set of 1,000 hospitalizations per day).
  • By January 17th, employers need to provide employees working indoors in close contact with other workers and/or customers with a medical grade mask (surgical mask or N95).
  • In alignment with the state health officer 12-31-21 order, beginning January 15th, attendance thresholds are dropped to 500 for indoor mega events and 5,000 for outdoor mega events;
  • Mega events, performance venues, movie theatres and entertainment venues are responsible for messaging, signage and compliance with masking requirements;
  • Strong recommendation for designated dining areas, where possible, at mega events, performance venues, movie theatres and entertainment venues.

Updated January 4, 2022 – December 31st Health Officer Order

A number of changes have been issued in recent public health orders from LA County. With daily changes and updates occurring, we will do our best to share updates as we receive them. For the most current information, please visit LA County’s DPH Coronavirus webpage

Some of the latest updates:

Mega Events:
Per the State of California, the threshold was lowered for what is considered a Mega Event:
  • Events including 500 participants or more are considered Indoor Mega Events (prior threshold was 1.000)
  • Events including 5,000 participants or more are considered Outdoor Mega Events (prior threshold was 10,000)
This means that all the state requirements for Mega Events now apply to these smaller events, such as checking for proof of full vaccination or recent negative test. The State asks venues to comply immediately, but must be in full compliance by no later than January 15, 2022.   

Isolation and Quarantine Requirements:
LA County issued an updated health order on Isolation and Quarantine Requirements to mainly align with the State.  
 
  • Masks. As soon as practicable, employers should provide and require employees to wear a well-fitting medical grade mask, surgical mask or higher-level respirator approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator, at all times while indoors at the worksite or facility. — The Chamber has been advised this will be reflected in an updated County Health Order very soon.

  • Cal/OSHA Standards. In the workplace, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard, and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.

  • Public Health Emergency Isolation Order.  All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves and follow all instructions in this Order.  

  • The Quarantine Order. All individuals who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have been in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (based on a positive viral COVID-19 test result) are required to quarantine themselves and follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s instructions for self-quarantine, unless they meet exemption criteria, as specified in this Order.  Other pertinent information on quarantine can be found on the COVID-19: Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts webpage.
Other Resources from the County & State:

If you need resources or support, please contact the Chamber at hi@lomitachamber.org. We are working with our Local, County, State and other leaders and Partners to provide information and help.

COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate Program

Business owners can take this training to receive a COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate to be placed at all public entrances to their facility. This certificate acknowledges that their facility is following all the required Public Health COVID-19 Protocols. Employees can also watch this training to learn more about the Protocols and the steps their employers must take to offer required workplace protections.

Business Risk Planning – Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Advisors are available at the Small Business Development Center at El Camino College to help businesses adapt to the current situation. We encourage businesses to schedule a virtual consultation with the SBDC by calling 1-866-588-SBDC.

Their advisors can help you walk through important decisions you may need to make now related to cash flow, deferred payments and assistance for employees due to business interruption.

SBDC Webinars: PPP Forgiveness, Reopening Resources & Protocols

The LA SBDC is pleased to partner with LA County to detail reopening protocols and resources for small businesses. Each week in the 4-part series they focus on a different business type.

Check out the SBDC full list of webinars & recordings here.

What can you do today…

  • Overcommunicate with your customers and clients. Ask them what they need.
  • Know this is temporary. It’s constantly shifting. You won’t have all the answers and it’s okay to say I don’t know.
  • Prepare your business financially by walking through worst-case scenarios projecting out over the next 6 to 8 weeks or longer in order to know what you can do today from a cash flow perspective. Even if this does blow over sooner than later, it’s better to plan and take precautions.
  • Partner together with vendors to find ways to help defer expenses or offer support or trade services if cash flow is going to be a concern.
  • Think about how you can offer services virtually or via delivery (i.e., Zoom Zumba classes, virutal open box parties to showcase new merchandise for online sales, or curbside and food delivery services).
  • Rather than cancelling service, think about the small businesses that won’t be here after the pandemic is over if we don’t invest in them. If you’re in a financial position to continue to pay for services, please do.

We will get through this together. Your Chamber is here to help.

Please contact us via email hi@lomitachamber.org or call 424-378-7111.

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