Glendale residents are now required by law to wear protective face coverings whenever leaving home, exceeding Los Angeles County’s mandate to wear them in essential businesses. The intent is to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and potentially save lives, according to City Council members who supported the order.
State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) will host a tele-town hall on Saturday, where she will speak with superintendents and teachers about the issues they are facing due to school closures, stay-at-home orders and other challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis.
Parks in Glendale were closed this past weekend because of the Easter holiday. City officials made the decision to close the parks during a time when people are advised to stay at home in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Those working in grocery-store checkout lines and stocking pharmacy shelves will have to start wearing protective face masks, following an emergency order made Tuesday by Glendale City Council members.
Glendale renters will now have 12 months, instead of six, to repay late or missed rent after the coronavirus emergency, as Glendale officials try to respond to residents’ fears about being able to keep a roof over their head during the crisis that has brought job loss and economic woes to many.
With Easter and warm weather on the horizon, Glendale officials decided to close all parks in the city this Saturday and Sunday to deter gatherings that might lead to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Glendale now has 154 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, or about 76 cases per 100,000 people. While the rate of infection is average relative to other cities in L.A. County, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian said local residents still need to take social-distancing orders more seriously.
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale has started releasing the number of patients who have tested positive and negative for the novel coronavirus at the facility. To date, 30 have tested positive. Releasing that information is up to individual hospitals, and other local hospitals have not released the same figures.
Bacari GDL, a wine and tapas bar in downtown Glendale, has been converted into a makeshift grocery store for the past week. However, it’s unclear how long it will last, as county health officials say it’s not possible for restaurants to become markets without the proper license.
Residents are encouraged to take and leave nonperishable items in the recently converted Little Free Food Pantries scattered across the city. The effort is being helmed by the Glendale’s library department staff and several community groups.
First-time candidates Ardy Kassakhian and Dan Brotman will join the Glendale City Council on Tuesday, amid the coronavirus crisis that has upended residents’ ways of life. Incumbent Vartan Gharpetian will be departing after 5 years on the dais. Incumbent Paula Devine will stay on for another term.
Glendale’s number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus jumped to 29 on Thursday, more than doubling over 48 hours. Cases across L.A. County surged since Wednesday, with at least 1,465 confirmed cases in the county.
Although Glendale Library, Arts & Culture locations are closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, the department continues to operate 24/7 virtually, thanks to the library system’s myriad of online resources.
Previously set to expire on March 31, Glendale extended its emergency period until the end of April. It exceeds L.A. County’s period, currently set to expire April 19. All city emergency orders will remain in place, including a halt on evictions, the closure of nonessential retail businesses, a ban on residential rent increases and the suspension of some street-sweeping restrictions.
Glendale has banned rent increases as long as the city remains in a state of emergency, adding another protection for tenants struggling financially due to the novel coronavirus but falling short of rent forgiveness called for by some residents.
Glendale will be holding a pair of City Council meetings tomorrow using a teleconference format, reflecting increasingly stringent calls for social distancing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Only the mayor will be present, and members of the public will be able to call in with comments.
For at least the next month, Glendale residents have been ordered to stay at home and go out only for essential needs, under a state directive issued on Thursday. Glendale will also follow an order by L.A. County to close playgrounds, malls and nonessential retail businesses and limit the size of most gatherings to 10 people.
As long as the city remains in a state of emergency, Glendale landlords can’t boot tenants unable to to pay rent because of financial difficulties related to the coronavirus. The state of emergency will likely extend beyond the end of March.
The La Cañada Flintridge botanical garden — which welcomes more than 500,000 visitors annually — is closed until further notice to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday evening.
Glendale now has four confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, up from two cases reported on Monday, according to the most recent report by the L.A. County Department of Public Health. As of midday Wednesday, 190 cases were reported throughout the county.
Suspensions of water and power shutoffs have been halted “to give the opportunity for folks to make payments, as necessary, if they need to, based on any sort of financial changes that may have happened in their lives, based on COVID-19,” City Manager Yasmin Beers said.
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale hospital admitted its first patient to test positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient is doing well and is in isolation, according to hospital president Keith Hobbs.
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