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Santa Monica Extends Coronavirus Emergency Another Month

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By Lookout Staff

July 28, 2020 -- Citing the continued spread of the coronavirus, the City of Santa Monica on Tuesday extended its local health emergency and most associated orders through August 31.

The one-month extension comes as "key metrics continue to show community spread of COVID-19," City officials said in a statement.

“LA County’s 8.4 percent positivity rate demonstrates the seriousness of where we are in the pandemic and that we have to continue proven public health measures like wearing face coverings and not gathering,”
said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg.

“We extend strength for recovery to every Santa Monican who has contracted the virus and our deepest condolences to the families in our community who have lost loved ones.

"As a community, we join together in navigating these difficult and uncertain times,” Dilg said.

As of 8 p.m. Monday, there were 605 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 27 deaths in Santa Monica, which has a population of some 93,000.

Under the ongoing local emergency, the public must maintain social distancing and wear a face covering outside one's home, officials said. Those who violate the face covering order face a $100 fine.

The face coverings must be worn when "individuals are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private spaces."

These include walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities, officials said.

"A face covering must be visible and ready to be immediately put on whenever a moving person approaches within 30 feet of a non-household member," according to the order ("Santa Monica Issues Face-Covering Order," July 2, 2020).

Under Tuesday's extension of the emergency and related orders the following exemptions that resumed on July 1 remain in place:

Parking citations associated with monthly street sweeping, requiring cars to be moved Monday through Friday next week.

The City’s plastic bag ban, meaning customers can resume bringing reusable bags when making essential trips.

Towing for violations of the California Vehicle Code relating to abandoned vehicles.

The expiration of Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation.

Late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes and Parking Facility Taxes.

For the latest information, visit, or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 458-8400.

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