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WHEREAS, Government Code Section 8634 empowers the City Council and
delegated officials to promulgate orders and regulations necessary to provide for
protection of life or property during a local emergency; and;
WHEREAS, the City Council has specifically delegated this authority to the City
Manager as Director of Emergency Services in Chapter 6 of Division 1 of the Torrance
Municipal Code. Further, the City Council confirmed this delegation of authority by
Resolution on March 16, 2020; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by
reference the March 12, 2020 Proclamation by the City Manager proclaiming a local
emergency as a result of the threat of COVID-19, which Proclamation and Order was
ratified by the City Council on March 16, 2020; and
WHEREAS, this Public Order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by
reference the Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's
Order of June 29, 2020 regarding the Temporary Closure of Public Beaches, Piers,
Beach Bike Paths and Beach Access Points, and Temporary Prohibition of Fireworks
Shows and Events; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to close Torrance Beach to slow the
transmission of COVID-19, so that residents and visitors in Torrance remain safe and
By virtue of the authority vested in me as City Manager of the City of Torrance
pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code 8634, the City Charter,
Torrance Municipal Code 16.2.6, the laws and the Constitution of the State of California
to promulgate, issue, and enforce rules, regulations, orders, and directives, I hereby
declare the following orders to be necessary for the protection of life and property. IT
IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Torrance Beach (as defined in Torrance Municipal Code Section 44.1.3) and all
beach access points in the City of Torrance are closed to the public from 12:01
a.m. on July 3, 2020 through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
2. That portion of the ocean within the jurisdiction of the City of Torrance at
Torrance Beach (as defined in the Boundary Agreement between the State of
California and the City of Torrance, identified by Los Angeles County recording
number 88 1458133) is closed to the public from 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020
through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
3. That portion of the Strand (the paved right of way that lies easterly of the sandy
beach) within the jurisdiction of the City of Torrance is closed to the public from
12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020 through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
4. All fireworks shows and events within the City of Torrance are prohibited until
further notice. Fireworks shows and events are, for the purposes of this Order,
defined as displays of fireworks that are intended for viewing by more than one
household of persons. Pursuant to Torrance Municipal Code sections 45.6.27
and 85.2.140, all fireworks, including safe and sane fireworks, are prohibited in
the City of Torrance.
5. The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is specifically
authorized to close and/or prohibit any and all recreational sites and/or
recreational activities on Torrance Beach from 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020
through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
6. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or word of this Order or any
application of it to any person, structure, gathering or circumstance is held to be
invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then
such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications
of this Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that violation of this Order shall be punished as
provided by Torrance Municipal Code Section 16.2.13, California Government Code
Section 8665, or any applicable state or municipal law. The violation of any provision of
this Order is declared to be a nuisance and may be abated by the City in accordance
with its authority to abate nuisances. The remedies listed in this Order are not
exclusive of any other remedies available to the City under any applicable Federal,
State, or local law and it is within the discretion of the City to seek cumulative remedies.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED this Order is effective immediately shall apply
Citywide until rescinded by the City Council or City Manager.
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Torrance Continues Efforts Toward Safe Reopening of Businesses Including Reopening the Permit Center and Subsidizing Fees Associated With COVID-19 Safeguards
TORRANCE, Calif., May 27, 2020- At the Special Torrance City Council Meeting of May 26, City Officials discussed actions to be taken in response to the Los Angeles County and State of California Orders regarding COVID-19. As the City plans for recovery and the gradual phasing out of the orders, Torrance has taken steps to support local businesses and work diligently with the State of California and County of Los Angeles to safely allow them to reopen as soon as possible.
As a result of City Council making direct contact with local leaders, certain orders were lifted allowing more businesses to reopen at 50% capacity and places of worship to commence with certain safeguards including 25% of attendees and 100 person capacity. The Council will also continue to encourage the State of California and County of Los Angeles to allow in-person dining as well as reopening personal services such as hair salons, barbers, and nail salons as soon as possible.
In addition, the May 26, Item 4A motion that passed included thanking the Governor for releasing new guidelines on opening up retail and places of worship and thanking the Health Officer of Los Angeles County for releasing their updated Safer at Home Order this evening. The Council will continue to receive COVID-19 recovery related updates and may consider other options for responding to State and County order at the June 2 meeting.
As part of their efforts, at the May 19 City Council Meeting, Mayor and Council committed to contacting the California Governor and County Supervisors to encourage opportunities for areas like Torrance, that were prepared to re-open certain businesses and activities. They also passed a motion to allow the City’s Office of Economic Development to cover filing costs associated with proposals for expanded exterior arrangements. This assistance will grant temporary permits for approved outdoor dining and curbside pick-up plans at no cost to business owners, which would allow them to comply with regulations associated with Safer at Home Orders. In addition, the City’s Permit Center will reopen tomorrow, May 28 with special safeguards in place including:
For more information about Torrance’s COVID-19 efforts and latest Safer at Home Orders issued by LA County visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/COVID19.
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CITY OF TORRANCE ISSUED PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-9 MODIFYING SECTION 3 (PARADES) AND REPEALING SECTION 1 (STREET FAIRS), SECTION 5 (SWAP MEETS) AND SECTION 6 (DEL AMO FASHION CENTER) OF PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-2
. WHEREAS, the City Manager issued Public Order No. 2020-2 on March 18, 2020, that prohibited street fairs, block parties, parades, community runs and cycling events, closing swap meets and all Del Amo Fashion Center stores that are solely accessed from within the internal corridors of the mall, with the exception of certain food and beverage vendors and/or facilities, and
WHEREAS, the City Council ratified Public Order No. 2020-2 on April 7, 2020 in Resolution No. 2020-19; and
WHEREAS, on May 26, 2020, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued a new Safer At Home Order entitled "REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19 MOVING THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES THROUGH STAGE 2 OF CALIFORNIA'S PANDEMIC RESILIENCE ROADMAP" that supersedes all prior Safer at Home Orders issued by the County of Los Angeles Health Officer; and
WHEREAS, the County's May 26, 2020 Safer At Home Order allows, subject to physical distancing, cloth face coverings, and other safety protocols, the following changes:
• Faith-based organizations my resume services with the number of congregants limited to 25% of the total maximum occupancy or 100 people, whichever is lower;
• All retail may open, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers at 50% capacity;
• Flea markets, swap meets, and drive-in movie theatres may resume operations;
• Pools, hot tubs and saunas in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may reopen.
WHEREAS, the City would like to support its businesses and faith-based organizations to resume operations consistent with the County's Safer At Home Order by modifying Public Order No. 2020-2.
NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Torrance resolves as follows:
Section 1. Section 3 (Parades) is modified to read as follows:
"3. All parades are prohibited, except for Vehicle-Based Parades that comply with Section 15U) of the County's Safer at Home Order. Vehicle-Based Parades must comply with all local and state laws as well as the County's Vehicle-Based Parade Protocol that is attached as Exhibit G to the County's Safer At Home Order."
Section 2. Section 1 (Street Fairs), Section 5 (Swap Meets) and Section 6 (Del Amo Fashion Center) of Public Order No. 2020-2 are repealed.
Section 3. Sections 2 (Block Parties) and 4 (Community Runs and Cycling Events) of Public Order No. 2020-2 remain in effect.
Read original order Public Order No. 2020-2
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TORRANCE, Calif., May 18, 2020 – Torrance Public Library, pursuant to the latest modifications to Los Angeles County's Safer-at-Home order, will re-open public book drops at all Torrance Public Libraries effective Today, May 18, 2020. As libraries are still considered a higher risk service, the Torrance Public Library is not yet eligible to offer full library service.
However, the Library continues to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 and is developing a plan to safely offer a form of curbside service to the community once the activity is permitted. Library patrons may continue to enjoy the materials they have in their possession and are encouraged to explore the resources featured on the library's website www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov. The Library staff are available to answer any questions through the telephone reference line 310-781-7599, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or via email at LibraryReference@TorranceCA.Gov.
The Torrance Public Library would like to remind its patrons that there are no library fines during this time, and all hold requests continue to remain on reserve. The Torrance Public Library continues to confer with the City of Torrance to follow the guidance set forth by the California Department of Public Health and Prevention (CDPH) to cooperatively and proactively slow the spread of COVID-19 while addressing any challenges that may arise. Please visit www.TorranceCa.gov/COVID19 for additional updates regarding the City and City services.
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The Las Canchas Tennis Facility and the Torrance Batting Cages will re-open under limited use on Thursday, May 14, 2020.
In addition, all city-park tennis and pickleball courts will re-open under limited use on Friday, May 15, 2020 in accordance with the Revised Safer at Home Order.
Reopening Protocol for Tennis and Pickeball Courts
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Sea Aire Golf Course to Reopen
TORRANCE, Calif., May 7, 2020 – The City of Torrance Community Services Department announces that Sea Aire Golf Course will reopen effective Saturday, May 9. Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from the State, County and Local health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following precautions for appropriate social distancing and safety protocols for course operations include but are not limited to:
Hours of operation will be Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to dusk and Mondays, 1 p.m. to dusk. For more information, visit the City website or call 310-543-GOLF (4653) during business hours. Sea-Aire Golf Course is located at 22730 Lupine Drive.
Reopening Protocol for Golf Courses