FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2020
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Pasadena Health Officer Issues Revised Safer at Home Order
PASADENA, Calif.—The City of Pasadena Health Officer, Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, has issued a revised Safer at Home Order in line with the next steps in California’s phased reopening plan. This new phase of reopening aligns with neighboring communities, moving Southern California towards a regional recovery and supporting our local businesses, many of which are small and locally-owned.
The Health Officer Order will allow for the following sectors to reopen once they implement the required protocols for infection control and distancing:
- Gyms and fitness facilities
- Pro-league arenas without live audiences
- Day camps
- Museums and galleries
- Music, film and television production
- Hotels, motels and short-term rentals for leisure travel
As with all businesses that are permitted to reopen, the Health Officer Order contains protocols for reopening to ensure it is done with as little risk as possible for employees, customers and residents. Employees and visitors to these businesses will need to wear a cloth face covering when around other people and practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times. It is important for everyone to follow the directives and to do their part every day to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This step forward does not mean the threat of COVID-19 is gone. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings, and follow all other public health guidelines in place. If at any time the City’s rate of infection and other key metrics demonstrate a rapid acceleration of new cases that threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system, future reopenings may be limited or reopened sectors may be closed. Those with underlying medical conditions and those ages 65 and older are still safer at home.
With a growing number of COVID-19 community testing sites established across the state, Pasadena Public Health Department urges residents to get tested, especially if they have COVID-19 symptoms or are at a higher risk of either contracting the virus or becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.
California has partnered with OptumServe and Verily to launch more than 100 testing sites across the state. ChapCare’s Kathryn Barger Health Center, located at 1595 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena, is available by appointment only Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. To register for a test, visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call (888) 634-1123. COVID testing is also available at other locations, including some urgent care centers and pharmacies in the community. Contact your healthcare provider for testing options.
For more information, including isolation and quarantine guidelines, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/covid-19-testing-centers/.
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