Dear Pico Rivera Residents, Stakeholders and Supporters:
Last week I shared with you the preliminary measures undertaken by the City of Pico Rivera in response to the Coronavirus Virus (COVID 19) and I wanted to provide you updated information regarding our next actions. The City feels it has a critical responsibility to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and employees and to be proactive at this time in our efforts to prevent the spread of this unprecedented and unpredictable virus. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new, viral disease that produces symptoms similar to the flu or pneumonia.
As our country grapples with how to respond to the Coronavirus Virus, I am proud of our city staff that continue to serve our residents by providing exemplary city services every day to protect you. Afterall, the health, safety and well-being of you our residents and employees is our primary goal.
Given that priority the City Council and staff are actively monitoring the COVID -19 epidemic, and working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and other agencies to remain prepared to serve our community. I want to personally assure you that the City Council and staff will continue to take a series of additional definitive actions over the next few days to ensure our residents, families and employees remain safe during this time of crisis.
City Council Emergency Meeting – Response to COVID 19
The City Council met this week to consider, approve and coordinate a citywide response to the CIVID 19 Virus to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. The approved actions included:
The City Council approved an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID Virus
Utilities policy (connections, shut offs)
Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratorium
Reallocation of Resources
Status of Special City Events and Facility Usage
At this time, all city events and gatherings will be postponed or cancelled through Sunday, April 5th, at which time we will reassess the health environment and whether these temporary cancellations will be extended. We will continue to monitor, reassess, and respond accordingly as this is a rapidly evolving situation. In addition to any city hosted events, we are also cancelling all non- city hosted events and gatherings which were scheduled to take place at city facilities during this time. This includes all recreational sporting events, tournaments, or games that have significant community participation.
City staff will also be evaluating the long-term commitments for the summer 2020 season to respond proactively to this ever changing environment. Please keep in mind that some private sports organizations have already opted to cancel or postpone their games and/or practices due to safety concerns for their participants.
This unprecedented action for city and non-city hosted events is being taken as an extreme precautionary measure to ensure the safety and security of all employees, residents, community organizations, and members who participate in our events and utilize our city facilities. As the situation progresses, we will closely monitor and reassess the long-term impacts on our Summer Event Schedule. Many of our large Special Events will require contractual commitments in the coming weeks.
Senior Center (and SASSFA Nutritional Program)
Out of an abundance of caution, the Senior Center will be shutdown using a phased approach to protect this vulnerable population. Effective immediately, all classes, workshops, and extracurricular rooms will be closed to the public. The only service available will be the caseworker services by phone appointment only.
Beginning March18, 2020 through April 5, 2020, the County’s SASSFA Nutritional Program will be modified, and rather than serving hot lunches,frozen food will be available forpick-up at the Senior Center, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm outside of the facility. We encourage seniors to enlist their family members under the age of 65 to pick-up frozen lunches, in an effort to continue minimizing their exposure.
RESERVATIONS for this service can be made at 562.801.4400. You MUST be enrolled in the SASSFA Lunch program, if you're not, you can still enroll!
Again, this closure will be reassessed at a later time to determine the need for extending it past April 5th. The City Council is working to provide additional services to our seniors.
Paramount to these recommendations is the City’s ability to maintain an environment in which all staff, residents and visitors feel supported. Los Angeles County’s public entities are utilizing their resources to the best of their ability to manage and investigate suspected and confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and we are confident that the situation will deescalate in the coming months.
Important steps you can take to protect yourself and your family against Covid-19
As a reminder, while it is not possible to predict all the risks we may encounter, it is important to continue to take some basic steps to be prepared for potentially changing conditions. Everyone is used to addressing seasonal flu concerns; however, it is important for everyone to follow some basic measures which remain the best defense against the coronavirus.
Current guidance from Public Health officials is that Los Angeles County residents, students, workers, and visitors are encouraged to limit in their regular activities, avoid large gatherings and practice good public health hygiene to avoid contracting COVID-19. Also, public health experts recommend that everyone 65 and older stay home and avoid going out with the exception of seeking emergency services. There are steps that everyone can take daily to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others with COVID-19, and other circulating viruses.
We always encourage our residents to prepare for any emergency, including the current Coronavirus emergency by ensuring your families have a disaster kit at home with 7 days of household essentials including food, water, sanitation supplies, and basic medications.
It's also important to note that the grocery companies have indicated that there is absolutely no shortage of food and grocery items. They continue to restock their shelves every day. Any shortages or empty shelves that you observe are the direct result of customers purchasing three to five times more than what they really need. I ask that you just purchase the food and grocery items that you and your family need on a regular basis. If we can get everyone to stop panic buying (hoarding)then everyone will have ample food and grocery necessities. Let’s all work together by being kind to one another and considering your neighbor’s grocery needs. By working together, we can all make life a little easier for our families, our neighbors and our community. In doing so, we’ll get through this health crisis and be a better and stronger community for it.
As always, the health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees, stakeholders and our communities is of paramount concern. You can take comfort in the fact that we will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation and are here to assist you our constituents as needed.
We are looking forward to the time we can bring our community together when the future becomes more certain and we can safely proceed with our normal programs, services and operations.
More information and resources can be found here.
Mayor City of Pico Rivera