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Santa Monica Issues 40th Emergency Supplement

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September 29, 2021 -- The City of Santa Monica on Wednesday issued its 40th supplement to an emergency order issued shortly before the first local coronavirus case was confirmed more than 18 months ago.

The latest supplement issued by Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services John Jalili "extends the small subset of provisions that have not expired or been modified," City officials said.

They include the suspension of water shutoffs for nonpayment of water bills and the adoption for enforcement of Los Angeles County public health orders.

They also include planning-related orders that set time limits on loud construction activities and extend deadlines for planning and permit-related activities.

As of Tuesday, there have been 6,510 coronavirus cases and 186 virus-related deaths since the first case was reported on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Of local residents 12 and older, 84.7 percent had been vaccinated as of last Thursday, according to LA County Health data.

“Santa Monicans have done an incredible job getting vaccinated and wearing masks indoors and these actions have curbed rising cases," Jalili said in a statement Wednesday.

"As we look to the holiday season, let’s keep the trend going by vaccinating, masking, and gathering safely,” he said.

Beginning October 7, all attendees ages 12 and over at indoor mega events involving 1,000 persons and outdoor mega events involving 10,000 or more are required to present proof of full vaccination or a pre-entry negative COVID-19 viral test.

County health officials also will begin requiring patrons of bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs and lounges with indoor service and operations to verify their COVID-19 vaccination status for indoor entry.

They are the latest County health orders that have included mask mandates -- both indoors and out -- and social distancing requirements as the spread of the virus ebbed and flowed over the past year and a half.

Santa Monica's local emergency proclamation was issued by former City Manager Rick Cole on Friday, March 13.

he following day, the City halted water shutoffs and late penalties for water bills and parking tickets, and instituted eviction protections against tenants affected by the virus.

California's eviction moratorium ends Thursday, the deadline to apply for financial help from the State to pay rent and utility bills ("Deadline Looms to Apply for Rental Assistance," September 22, 2021).

Tenants who apply for rental assistance by that date and are waiting to learn if they are eligible cannot be evicted through March 31, 2022, if they have met certain conditions.

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