City Lifts Construction Ban, Closes Beach Parking Lots
Mar 24, 2020 12:04PM
● By Jeanne Fratello
Construction Ban Lifted
“Recognizing the governor’s most recent action that limits a city’s ability to define essential services relative to the local community, the city will now allow construction activity, as to not come into conflict with the emergency orders from the state,” said Mayor Richard Montgomery in a statement.
Construction and all related activities that support construction are considered part of the essential workforce under the state order. The exemption is not limited to critical infrastructure construction, but any type of construction site and construction project, including housing construction.
The city had enacted its original ban on Friday due to the close working conditions typically present at construction worksites, as well as the close proximity of residential lots. However, in light of the governor’s revised order and the many contractors who informed the city that they will exercise social distancing protocols, the city agreed to allow construction activities.
In a related action, the City Council will consider an urgency
ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that imposes penalties on
residents, visitors, and businesses, including those conducting
construction activities, who do not abide by the social distancing
orders issued by the State and County. That meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Beach Parking Lots Closed
“I was astounded to see large groups of people gathering this past weekend around beaches across Los Angeles County," said Montgomery in a statement. "In particular, Manhattan Beach experienced similar activity to a hot summer day where throngs of people came out to enjoy the beach, the Strand, basketball and volleyball courts. I’ve repeated that public safety is our number one priority and the City Council will explore all available actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing down the beach parking lots is a necessary action to further discourage individuals from gathering at the beaches in an unsafe manner."