City Manager's Update | COVID-19 Update | May 6, 2020
The past few weeks have been quite a roller coaster. From reporting the City’s first cluster of COVID-19 cases, to hearing the Governor reveal California’s progress toward Stage 2 Reopening….we’ve experienced both incredible loss and tremendous hope.
I’d like to provide some important details as we look to our near future. As you know, the State of California and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have issued their own Safer at Home Orders. The Orders, while different, are important for Monrovians to recognize. Every Californian falls under the umbrella of the State of California Order issued by Governor Newsom. However, residents of Los Angeles County also fall under the Countywide Order. The County Order is in effect until May 15.
CRITICAL IMPORTANCE: While the State will be moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2, counties can choose to continue more restrictive measures in place based on their local conditions, and the State expects some counties to keep their more robust stay at home orders in place beyond Friday. Monrovia is under jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, meaning we comply with its Safer at Home Order. At this time, the County has not announced whether it will relax its Safer at Home Order in congruity with the Statewide Order. As stated in Monday's briefing, the County of Los Angeles has a set of prerequisites that will need to be met before businesses can begin to reopen. The County has announced they will review those prerequisites and share the recovery plan soon. Once the recovery plan is announced, we will share that information with you. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these unique circumstances.
Governor Newsom Announces Phase 2 Reopening
On Monday, May 4, Governor Newsom did announce the State’s progress toward a Phase 2 Reopening. He will make further announcement on Thursday, May 7, which we are eagerly awaiting. This is exciting and promising as it will allow lower-risk workplaces to reopen with certain adaptations. Business reopenings are also determined locally across the State’s 58 counties. The State will release guidance for certain Stage 2 sectors including some retail, manufacturing, and logistics businesses.
Not all Stage 2 businesses will be able to open Friday with modifications. Some examples of businesses that can open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores. Other Stage 2 sectors, such as offices and dine-in restaurants, will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. The announcement does not include offices, seated dining at restaurants, shopping malls or schools.
As the Governor noted last week, the State is working with school districts and the California education community to determine how best and safely to reopen. That continues to be the case – this May 8 announcement does not move up this timeline.
COVID-19 At a Glance
Latest Facts & Figures
Jurisdiction - Confirmed Cases | Deaths
- Monrovia - 57 confirmed cases | 3 deaths
- L.A. County – 27,815 confirmed cases | 1,313 deaths
- California – 56,212 confirmed cases | 2,317 deaths
*Additional details on cases and deaths were not provided by the County of Los Angeles. View the Public Health Statement Regarding COVID-19 and Patient Privacy.
Parks Remain Open in Monrovia
The parks in Monrovia are open to the public and the community is still able to enjoy the open space and walk/bike on sidewalks. All restrooms will also remain open and maintained.
Please note that under the Safer at Home Order, the amenities including the playgrounds, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, sport fields, and skate parks are closed and no group gatherings are allowed. At this time, Monrovia Canyon Park and Hillside Wilderness Preserve will remain closed.