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City of Los Angeles and Contra Costa County Issue New Orders, Los Angeles County Cleared to Move More Quickly Through Stage 2, and Marin County Issues Reopening Guidance for Schools
City of Los Angeles Issues New Safer-At-Home Order
On June 1, 2020, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a new “Safer-At-Home” order, which supersedes the March 19, 2020 (revised May 27, 2020) order. The new Safer-At-Home order continues to require that all individuals except for “young children at risk of suffocation and people with certain disabilities” wear face coverings when engaging in activities permitted by the order. Further, under the new Safer-At-Home order, beaches remain closed to “youth camps.” Childcare facilities “providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted” remain open provided they operate under certain mandatory conditions. Also, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities “for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained” remain essential activities.
The new City of Los Angeles Safer-At-Home order is available here.
Los Angeles County Cleared To Move More Quickly Through Stage 2
Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 County Variance Attestation Form was recently approved by the State, which will permit the County to move more quickly through Stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap for modifying the State Stay-At-Home Order. Counties that have been approved to move more quickly through stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap will be permitted to reopen schools within the county once state guidance is issued, and if permitted by local officials. However, at this time the County orders do not allow K-12 schools to reopen for in person instruction.
Contra Costa County Issues Modified Order
On June 2, 2020, Contra Costa County issued a new public health order that allows “childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages” to operate as long as they meet the following conditions:
- They must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).
- Children shall not change from one group to another.
- If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
- Providers or educators shall remain solely with one group of children.
- The operations must comply with applicable industry guidance issued by the State of California (https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/CCLD/PINs/2020/CCP/PIN_20-06-CCP.pdf).
In a June 2, 2020 press release about the new order, the Contra Costa Health Services stated that the order “permits childcare and camps for all children, not just children of essential and allowed workers.”
Contra Costa County Health Services also issued Guidance for Modified Childcare During COVID-19 Pandemic on March 23, 2020, which is still in effect, and available here.
Marin County Office of Education Launches Reopening Schools Website
The Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) has launched a website dedicated to providing resources and guidance on the reopening of schools. The website provides protocols and procedures, school site trainings and webinars, and frequently asked questions on topics such as cleaning, disinfecting, and essential protective equipment, the cohort structure, opening alternative and special education classrooms, and returning to site-based instruction for preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
The MCOE guidance and resources are available here.