Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is closely monitoring the developing public health situation as it relates to the novel coronavirus and is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and our local Disaster Management Area Coordinator. Here is the latest information:

Cases

As of August 6, there are 201,106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Los Angeles County (population 10.17 million), including the South Bay, so the public should not think one location is safer than another and everyone should be aware and practice physical distancing. The total includes 233 cases in Rancho Palos Verdes (population 41,731), 75 in Palos Verdes Estates (population 13,190), 31 in Rolling Hills Estates (population 8,066), five in Rolling Hills (population 1,874), and seven in the unincorporated areas of the Peninsula. Countywide, 4,869 people have died.

According to the Department of Public Health, 12 deaths have been reported in Rancho Palos Verdes. The City extends its deepest condolences to the families of these residents.

For a list of cases broken down by city, demographic characteristics, and settings, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm

For an interactive dashboard showing COVID-19 testing, cases and death data by community and demographic characteristics, visit http://dashboard.publichealth.lacounty.gov/covid19_surveillance_dashboard/

An interactive dashboard of COVID-19 cases in the South Bay maintained by the City of Torrance is available at bit.ly/2XB1fv1. The dashboard reflects information sourced by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

It’s important to note that the total number of confirmed cases that the Department of Public Health shares every day reflects a moment in time and may not include cases confirmed by commercial labs that have not yet been shared with the Department of Public Health. A commercial lab may share a positive result with a physician before the health department.

TSUP

Temporary Special Use Permit for RPV Businesses

The Community Development Department has developed a Temporary Special Use Permit (TSUP) to assist Rancho Palos Verdes businesses with the opportunity to provide limited outdoor operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A TSUP will allow for outdoor operations on sidewalks and parking lots for: 

  • Restaurants
  • Fitness centers
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services, such as nail salons, massage, and tattoo parlors

A TSUP will be processed administratively without a filing fee, public notification, or appeal process that is typically required for a standard Special Use Permit. For a complete list of operational requirements and permit limitations, please see the TSUP application at bit.ly/3gcLFME. For questions regarding the application or submittal requirements, please contact the Planning Division at 310-544-5228 or send an email to the Planning Division at planning@rpvca.gov.

City Hall Open to the Public

City Hall Open to the Public

On May 18, City Hall reopened to the public during regular business hours (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday). City Hall is located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, and the main phone line is 310-544-5200.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors are required to wear face coverings and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Some employees are working on rotation and may be working remotely.

If you need to visit City Hall, please schedule an appointment in advance by calling the appropriate department and follow all posted instructions during your visit (virtual appointments are encouraged as an alternative, if possible). For a list of department phone numbers, visit the Staff Directory on the City website. Visitors are asked to make an appointment, but walk-ins of up to one to two people at a time may be allowed depending on availability at the counter.

The following safeguards have been implemented at City Hall to protect the health of the public and employees:

  • Plexiglass partitions have been installed at public counters.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at building entrances.
  • Paper towels are available at building entrances for opening doors, and trash cans are available for paper towel disposal.
  • Deep cleaning is performed throughout the day and public counters are sanitized between visits.
  • Markings have been placed on the ground noting physical distancing requirements.

When you visit City Hall:

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Check the monitor outside of the Community Development building for instructions and real-time availability.
  • Waiting in the lobby will not be permitted. If another visitor is ahead of you, do not form a line outside, but return to your car and call the department to add your name to the wait list. Remain in your car (or park grounds) until a staff member can assist you.
  • If you do not have an appointment, please sign in by phone and wait in your car (or park grounds).
  • Use hand sanitizing stations prior to entering buildings.
  • Minimize surface contact.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

If you visit

RPV Beaches, Parks and Trails Open

In accordance with guidance from the County of Los Angeles, on May 13, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes reopened beaches, parks and trails, including the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, with physical distancing required.

The City encourages residents to participate in recreational outdoor activity in their neighborhoods. If you visit these areas, please do so responsibly, be mindful of your interactions and wear a face covering. All visitors MUST practice physical distancing, staying 6 feet away from others not in their household. Face coverings are mandatory at beaches when out of the water and around others. Face coverings are required at trailheads, parking areas, and on any trails where there are other groups of people nearby. Children under age 2 and anyone who has trouble breathing should not wear face coverings.

City Staff, Park Rangers and law enforcement are monitoring these areas to ensure compliance with public health directives, and parking restrictions will be enforced. Pursuant to the City Council’s March 17 local emergency proclamation, the City may close these areas if rules are not observed by the public and conditions become unsafe.

Please note that some trails may remain closed, and some trails may have designated directions of travel to encourage physical distancing. Please check trails.rpvca.gov for up-to-date information on temporary trail closures and trail circulation plans. All park programming remains canceled until further notice. This includes all recreational activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, instructional courses, and group sessions/private events.

The Eastview Dog Park and the Rancho Caninos Dog Park are open. The tennis court at Upper Point Vicente Park and the paddle tennis courts at Ladera Linda Park are open. Both amenities have restrictions to comply with physical distancing and safety.

Still Closed

Playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, park buildings (exterior park restrooms are open)

Trails Do’s and Don’ts

DO’s

  • Check the status of trails before you visit at trails.rpvca.gov
  • Follow all Preserve rules, regulations and posted access restrictions.
  • Stay at least six 6 feet from others who are not members of your household at all times.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Pack out all trash.

DON’Ts

  • Don’t use trails that you know are crowded.
  • Don’t leave your home if you are sick with a fever or respiratory symptoms or are currently under isolation or quarantine.
  • Don’t gather in groups or linger at any one location except as needed for brief rests.
  • Don’t share food or water while out on the trails.