Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-1054    Version: Name: CA - ORD/COVID-19
Type: Emergency Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 10/29/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/2/2020 Final action: 11/17/2020
Title: Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by adding Chapter 8.120, temporary enforcement of Long Beach Health Orders related to COVID-19; declaring the urgency thereof; and declaring that this ordinance shall take effect immediately, read and adopted as read. (Citywide)
Sponsors: City Attorney
Attachments: 1. 110220-ORD-2sr&att.pdf, 2. ORD-20-0043 (EMERG).pdf, 3. 111720-ORD-74att.pdf, 4. ORD-20-0043 (FINAL).pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
11/17/20202 City Council approve recommendation and adoptPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
11/2/20201 City Council approve recommendation to declare Emergency Ordinance No. ORD- , read, and adopted as read and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final readingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/2/20201 City Council approve recommendation to declare an emergency to existPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
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Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by adding Chapter 8.120, temporary enforcement of Long Beach Health Orders related to COVID-19; declaring the urgency thereof; and declaring that this ordinance shall take effect immediately, read and adopted as read. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
In an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 within the City, the Long Beach Health Officer issued the "Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19" ("Health Order") and has revised the Health Order from time to time as necessary for the public health and safety during this ongoing emergency.

The Ordinance initially adopted by Council is set to expire on November 6, 2020 unless the City Council takes further action. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the proposed Ordinance extends the expiration of the Ordinance until January 20, 2021, unless further extended by the City Council in its discretion by an amendment to the Ordinance.

This Ordinance requires, where practicable, the City Manager to bring City Health Orders related to COVID-19 before the City Council for confirmation prior to promulgating such Health Orders. In the event it is not feasible to do this, the City Manager is required to, within 14 days of promulgation of said Health Orders, request the City Council to confirm the Health Orders. This process recognizes a potential need for the City's Health Officer to quickly amend or update, and the City Manager to promulgate, City Health Orders due to the rapid development of COVID-19, while still ensuring that the City Council maintains oversight of the COVID-19 local emergency and the City Manager's related orders.

Although it is vital that the City is able to effectively enforce, City Health Orders during the COVID-19 emergency, the City's primary goal is to ensure the public health and safety is achieved through outreach efforts and education of the Long Beach community. However, where such education and outreach effort...

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