The past few weeks have brought several official orders designed to keep residents and the larger California community safe. Reading and understanding the orders is an important way that you can protect yourself and those you love.
Official Order Updates
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MODIFIES SAFER AT HOME ORDER
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today announced additional modifications to the Safer At Home Order, as part of the Roadmap to Recovery. The new order allows all retailers within Los Angeles County to open, except those located within indoor malls. The State of California has not yet authorized indoor malls to reopen. Retailers may only offer curbside pick-up or delivery services, as customers are not allowed within businesses. Manufacturing operations that supply the open, low-risk retailers are also permitted to resume operations. SEE BELOW FOR OFFICIAL ORDERS.
Businesses that are reopening are reminded that they must be in compliance with Department of Public Health requirements; which include employees and customers wearing face coverings, appropriate physical distancing, hand washing, surface sanitizing and compliance posting.
County health officials are also permitting additional outdoor recreational activities to include tennis, pickle ball, equestrian activities, community gardens and bike paths to reopen, while employing appropriate safety protocols.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE MORATORIUM ON RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS
On March 17, 2020, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 278-U20 establishing a temporary eviction moratorium. The ordinance allows for the deferment of rent payments under specified conditions and prohibits evictions of residential or commercial tenants due to non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 related circumstances. The urgency ordinance requires that tenants communicate in writing with their landlords. Furthermore, the local statute enables rent payments to be postponed, not eliminated. Please read the ordinance to determine how it may apply to your individual situation. Should you require additional assistance, City staff is happy to assist you at (818) 706-1613. On June 9, 2020, the City Council took additional actions amending this Ordinance. The revised Ordinance can be found here.
GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER RELATED TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20, which outlines new regulations related to workers’ compensation specific to COVID-19. The new Executive Order presumes that if an employee working outside of their home, while the state Stay At Home Order is ieffect, contracts COVID-19, that exposure is presumed to have occurred within the scope of individual’s employment. The order is retroactive to March 19 and extends through July 5, 2020.
The California Chamber of Commerce recommends that employers should ensure they are in full compliance with federal, state and local health mandates and guidance for minimizing or preventing employee exposure to COVID-19. The Chamber also suggests that employers coordinate closely with their Human Resources Departments and legal counsel regarding the change. Additional information regarding the California Chamber of Commerce’s advice may be found at https://advocacy.calchamber.com/2020/05/07/governors-workers-compensation-order-presume-covid-19-illness-arises-from-the-job/.
Westlake Village Executive Order to Allow Expanded Outdoor Dining Areas
City Manager Rob de Geus, in his capacity as the Director of Emergency Services, signed ‘Executive Order 2020-001’ in order to further assist restaurants on the road to recovery. This Executive Order creates a temporary, no-fee permit process allowing restaurants to increase their seating areas in order to safely reopen.