MARCH 13, 2020 PUBLIC COMMUNICATION
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March 13, 2020
Dear Avalon residents and business owners,
Over the last 10 weeks, the City of Avalon has been closely monitoring the novel coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19). We want to assure all residents and business owners that the City is in regular communication with our regional, state, and federal partners and is fully prepared to respond should a case arise. City and County Fire Departments, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Catalina Island Medical Center remain engaged and are prepared to respond to COVID-19.
The health and well-being of our community is of paramount importance to the City. In order to best prepare the community and enhance public safety, the City is announcing a series of steps that we regard as a measured and sensible response to our current situation.
Temporary Moratorium of all Cruise Ship Tenders
Effective today, March 13, 2020, the City has contacted all cruise ship lines and informed them of a temporary moratorium for all cruise ship tenders from entering Avalon Harbor waters. This will remain in effect through April 30, 2020. This moratorium is beyond the White House’s recent announcement earlier this afternoon of a 30 ban on cruise ships. The City will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a determination to either extend the moratorium or lessen it.
City operations will continue to run during normal operating hours with staff available to provide services with the following exception(s):
• Due to the confined space, the Avalon Harbor Department will be temporarily suspending dye-tablet testing onboard all vessels. They will continue to educate the boating community about the importance of keeping Avalon Harbor waters clean and implementing best practices.
As the situation continues to evolve, the City will reassess the need to close City Hall and other facilities to the public.
The City of Avalon has implemented an enhanced cleaning schedule and sanitation efforts at all City facilities and parks. Frequently touched surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectants on a recurrent basis. The City will be posting educational signage of COVID-19 in all city facilities, public restrooms, the public shower, and on all transit vehicles.
Events and Recreation Activities
Based on the recommendations and guidance issued by the California Governor’s Office, and out of an abundance of caution in the interest of public safety, the City is canceling or postponing the following City events and recreation classes effective Monday, March 16 through April 30, 2020.
To stay informed, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov for information about COVID-19 or the City’s website at www.cityofavalon.com/coronavirus for updates on what the City is doing. The City’s website and Facebook page will be regularly updated to reflect cancelled or postponed events as well as provide additional information and updates on policies, programming, and procedures.
The City is hosting and participating in daily planning calls with our community leaders to provide updates, share best practices, and coordinate responses.
The City is also participating in regular planning and informational briefing phone calls with the White House, the League of California Cities, the California Governor’s Office, CalOES (Office of Emergency Services), the California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, among others.
As a reminder, please follow the following guidance from the CDC:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Stay home when you are sick if you are sick, stay home and practice self-isolation (quarantine).
MARCH 10, 2020 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
View the Public Service Announcement from the City of Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall on 3/10/2020
View the text of the PSA here
March 9, 2020 Letter from the City of Avalon
To view the presentation on the Coronavirus given at the Avalon City Council March 2, 2020 meeting please follow the link here
View the presentation slides here.