City Manager's Update | COVID-19 Update | May 12, 2020
This week, the team at the City continues to prepare for the reopening of city facilities. Please keep in mind that as the County of Los Angeles reopens their facilities, please check with the City of Monrovia to learn whether we have reopened our facilities. For example, Los Angeles County announced that all parks and trails would be open on Friday, May 8. The City of Monrovia opened all parks and trails with the exception of Monrovia Canyon Park. It will not reopen until Monday, May 18 as we must prepare a social distancing protocol for the park and park users.
As much as we want to welcome the community back into the parks and other city facilities, we must do so in a way that is safe for our residents, vulnerable population and staff.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has provided a list of directives that we must comply with before we can reopen. Planning for a safe reopening includes:
- Protecting and supporting worker health and safety
- Ensuring appropriate physical distancing
- Ensuring proper infection control
- Communicating with the public
Thank you for your patience as we continue to move forward on our Road to Recovery.
Face Covering Guidelines
The City of Monrovia is following the LA County Department of Public Health's guidelines for face coverings. We understand that there has been some confusion as neighboring counties have relaxed their face covering requirements.
In the current Safer at Home Order, residents are required to wear cloth face coverings when they are in contact with other non-household members and when accessing essential businesses and services. This includes when they are at the grocery store, bank, work or on public transportation. Although residents can choose to wear a face mask while taking a walk or driving, they are not required to.
Businesses must also provide employees whose duties require contact with other employees and/or public with a cloth face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.
It is important to note that face coverings are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing and frequent handwashing. Our best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is to wash our hands frequently, avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid being around sick people and practicing physical distancing, especially by staying at home.
Julian Fisher Park, Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue, Library Park, Lucinda Garcia Park, Recreation Park, Rotary Park and Station Square Park are all 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, such as playgrounds, sport courts etc., are closed and no group gatherings are allowed.
Canyon Park will remain closed as we continue to explore ways to reopen the trails in a way that is safe for our residents, vulnerable population and staff. However, we are looking to prepare for weekday openings very soon.
The Hillside Wilderness Preserve is also open for public use. Even though the City has suspended most parking enforcement, it is conducting parking enforcement for public health and safety reasons. The City will be enforcing parking restrictions near the HWP entrances.
In addition, we also wish to point out that shorter trail systems exist at our urban parks including Recreation, Library and Lucinda Garcia Park. Happy hiking!
COVID-19 At a Glance
As of May 11, approximately 991,897 tests have been conducted in California.
Latest Facts & Figures
Jurisdiction - Confirmed Cases | Deaths
- Monrovia - 91 confirmed cases | 9 deaths
- L.A. County – 32,258 confirmed cases | 1,569 deaths
- California – 67,939 confirmed cases | 2,770 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.