City Encourages Residents to Work as One HB and Visit HBready.com for Updates
Who: Last night, the Huntington Beach City Council declared a Local Emergency to bolster the City’s ongoing efforts in managing the novel coronavirus (COVID‐19) situation. In addition, the City Council officially adopted a phased HB Ready Response Plan to provide a framework to address this rapidly evolving situation, and the City is now operating under Phase 2 (see attached). The City urges the community to work as One HB to mitigate COVID‐19 transmissions to our at‐risk populations, including adults ages 65 and older and individuals with chronic medical conditions.
Why: The Local Emergency declaration will allow the City to seek Federal and State reimbursement of eligible costs incurred during its response efforts. This follows President Trump’s national emergency declaration on March 13, 2020, announcing $50 billion in emergency funding would be made available to assist governments in mitigating COVID‐19. The City continues to encourage social distancing as the most effective way to limit transmission to at‐risk populations and to avoid overtaxing our health care facilities and first responders.
What: Residents can be assured that the decision to proclaim a Local Emergency is based upon guidance from local, state, and Federal partner agencies with the welfare of the community, visitors and employees of Huntington Beach at the forefront. The decision was made to provide continuous, essential City services to our community.
Under Phase 2 of the HB Ready Response Plan, the following will take effect immediately:
- Cancel all recreation and library services. The Central Library and all library branches will be closed to the public, in addition to all Rental Facilities and Community Services Centers. A complete listing is available at http://www.HBready.com.
- Postpone City special events with over 10 people.
- Cancel most community advisory Commissions, Boards, and Committees through March 31.
- Close the Police Department front desk and both substations (Downtown and Oakview) to the public. To reach the Police Department, call (714) 960‐8811.
- Suspend City Clerk’s passport services.
- Close the Lifeguard Headquarters to the public. For parking passes, please visit Community Services at City Hall, 5th Floor.
- Close all contract classes.
More Info: As of March 16, Orange County health officials have detected some community transmission of COVID‐19 in the County. However, it is important to note that 80% of individuals with COVID‐19 (according to the World Health Organization) will experience only mild to moderate illness.
Contact: City staff is working diligently as One HB to implement the HB Ready Response Plan and provide the community with the latest updates as they become available. All updates will be posted immediately on http://www.HBready.com. Information can also be obtained by calling the City’s hotline at (714) 536‐5978 or emailing FDPIO@surfcity‐hb.org.
Link to actual press release.
Link to HB Ready COVID-19 Reponse Plan