Gardena’s stage two recovery plan in detail

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By Ronald Penh

The city of Gardena has released its stage 2 recovery plan, which includes a list of businesses that are in plan to reopen in addition to the other businesses that have already opened as part of the stage 2 plan.

So far in stage 2, all florists, toy stores, music stores, bookstores, clothing stores, and sporting goods stores can reopen for curbside pick-up with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols. Infection control protocols include wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, staying home when sick, and staying a minimum of six feet away from other people.

Car dealership showrooms can also open for sales with adherence to physical distancing and infection control protocols. All indoor shopping malls and indoor stores and vendors are currently closed.

Trails, trailheads, parks, and golf courses (not including pro-shops or dine-in restaurants) are open provided all activities adhere to physical distancing and infection control protocols. Additional outdoor recreational facilities, including shooting ranges, archery ranges, equestrian centers, tennis and pickleball courts, model airplane areas, bike parks and community gardens are open.

Beaches are open during normal operating hours for solo or family recreation including swimming, surfing, running and walking. No gatherings of any size, including events, athletic competitions, youth camps or recreational programming, chairs, canopies, coolers, grills, or sunbathing, are allowed. Concessions, food stands, beach parking lots, piers, bike paths that traverse the sand, volleyball courts, and boardwalks remain closed.

Childcare facilities remain open, with a limit of 10 children per classroom.

The following businesses are included to reopen later on as part of stage 2, however a date has not yet been set:

– Indoor shopping malls under the guideline that purchases are made through curbside pickup and limited in-store customers at 25% maximum occupancy with food courts, entertainment activities, and play structures closed

– Manufacturing and logistic sector businesses that supply lower-risk retail businesses under the guideline that members of the public cannot enter

– Personal grooming establishments for appointments only (hair salons, barbers, nail salons) at 25% occupancy

– Gyms and fitness centers open by appointment only at 25% occupancy and adherence to strict physical distancing and infection control protocols

– In-person dining at restaurants reopens at limited occupancy along with take-out and delivery options 

– Telework continued for as many employees as possible

– Non-essential offices reopen at limited occupancy; meetings are limited to 10 people or less

– Indoor museums, indoor or outdoor children’s museums, gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries for limited hours for controlled viewing of no-touch exhibits; no events, gatherings or classes are permitted

– For arts and cultural venues, spectator-free events that involve fewer than 30 employees and/or performers with adherence to physical distancing and infection control protocols 

– For sporting events, spectator-free team sport activities and training if there are a total of 30 or less people (including players and event staff) and adherence to strict physical distancing and infection control protocols

– Non-contact youth team sports and activities that allow for physical distancing such as swimming, tennis, track and field, archery provided group size is less than 30 and there is adherence to infection control and physical distancing protocols

Colleges and universities are to continue complying with current directives such as the engagement in minimum basic operations and campuses that are closed should remain closed, according to the document from the city. 

Pre-K to 12th grade schools are to also continue complying with current directives such as the engagement in minimum basic operations and closing off schools to the public. Virtual graduation ceremonies are allowed while car drive-in and in-person graduations are prohibited.

Houses of worship can permit small gatherings for religious observances such as marriages, special services, funeral and burial services, or rite of passage events, with 30 or fewer people and while adhering to physical distancing and infection control protocols. However, classes are not permitted.

Therapeutic and peer support groups can allow for small groups of 10 people or less and individual therapy and support groups, while maintaining physical distancing and infection control protocols.

Large theater and music venues (occupancy over 2500) remain closed.

All entertainment venues and amusement parks (including movie theaters, drive-in theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, festivals, bowling alleys and arcades) remain closed.

Playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, baseball and soccer fields, splashpads, aquatic facilities, concession stands, community centers, including public pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in multiunit residence or part of a Homeowners’ Association remain closed.

All events and gatherings of conventions  and large events are prohibited unless specifically allowed by the Health Officer Order.

During the stages of reopening, vulnerable populations are still recommended to shelter in place and maximize physical distancing. Vulnerable populations include individuals that are aged 65 or older, pregnant and breastfeeding, experiencing homelessness or have underlying medical conditions.

To take a look at the recovery stages and guidelines of Gardena, you can visit the website http://www.gardenaawaits.com/covid-19-resource-guide/.

For those with additional questions, you can contact Spencer De La Cruz at sdelacruz@ciytofgardena.org or at (310) 217-9533.