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South Pasadena closes bars, entertainment venues, gyms, limits restaurant services in response to L.A. County’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus

Post Date:03/16/2020

SOUTH PASADENA, (Calif.) – Effective today, the City of South Pasadena will close its bars, entertainment venues, gyms and halt dine-in services for restaurants until March 31 in response to L.A. County’s mandate to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“The health and safety of our community comes first. Los Angeles County is the most populated county in the nation and the more we can do to limit our interactions will help to curb the spread of coronavirus,” said City of South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “We’ve also implemented additional steps to slow the spread of coronavirus through closing City Hall in addition to our other City facilities; though, the public will still have the opportunity to conduct business with us through other means.”

Residents are encouraged to continue to support local businesses by ordering takeout or delivery when available. Grocery stores will continue to operate. There is no shortage of food or interruption to local food supply, and residents do not need to stockpile supplies.

This is in addition to the steps the City is already taking to protect the public and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) through the temporary closure of City facilities to the public. City staff will still be working and City services will continue to be available by email, phone and, in limited cases, in person appointments during this time.

These precautionary measures are in effect following recent state and county guidelines.

Public Safety and Public Works emergency response will continue.

According to the County of Los Angeles, here is currently one known case of coronavirus in the City.

The City will continue to assess the situation and may make additional changes as needed.

How to Contact the City

City closures, cancellations and changes to City services are effective as of Monday, March 16, and will be re-evaluated at the end of March and are noted below.

Residents can stay in contact with the city through the numbers and emails listed below.

The City’s e-newsletter will be sent out with updates to residents. Those interested in receiving can sign up via this link.

City Hall

·      Temporary closure of City Hall to members of the public.

·      City Hall can be reached at:

       - Management Services phone number 626-403-7210

       - Finance phone number 626-403-7250

Planning, Building And Public Works

Planning, Building and Public Works staff are closely coordinating to ensure all new and existing project applications are received and processed efficiently and effectively. Staff are responding to phone and email submittals within one - two business days and appreciates the public’s patience during this time.

·      The City of South Pasadena's Planning, Building, and Public Works Public Counter are open for business by phone and email:

       - Planning: 626-403-7220 or

       - Building: 626-403-7224 or

       - Public Works:  626-403-7240 or


o   For planning approval questions, processes and applications, contact Planning at 626-403-7220 or by email at


o   Building inspections will continue while City Hall is closed to the public. In an effort to keep everyone healthy, please respect a minimum of 6’ to 10’ social distancing with inspectors and code enforcement staff in the field.

o   City's Building Division has launched an E-Plan Submittal Portal.  Follow the following links:  

     - For instructions on E-Plan Submittal, visit "Getting Started Electronic Plan Submittal“ Guidelines 

      - Visit the City of South Pasadena Building Division E-Plan Submittal Portal

Public Works:

o   Public Works inspections will continue while City Hall is closed to the public.  In an effort to keep everyone healthy, please respect a minimum of 6’ to 10’ social distancing with inspectors in the field.

o   Service requests can be submitted by phone, 626-403-7370, or email (

o   Public Works Staff continue to provide standby services afterhours and on weekends.

Environmental Programs:

o   Information regarding environmental programs and water conservation rebates are on the City’s website and applications can be processed electronically.

o   Questions regarding water conservation and environmental programs can be submitted by phone (626-403-7253) or email (


o   During this time, there will be no water shutoffs and late fees will be delayed

o   Water is safe to drink and there is plenty of water available

o   Service requests can be submitted by phone (626-403-7370) or email (

o   Water Staff continue to provide standby services afterhours and on weekends.

City Clerks

The City Clerk’s Office can be reached at 626-403-7230 or email

City Council and Commission Meetings


o   The March 18 Council Meetings will continue as scheduled, only essential business items will be on the agenda to facilitate a shorter meeting and seating arrangements will be modified to reflect recommended social distancing. For more information, visit the City Council webpage.

o   Public Comments accepted via email: Please included in the subject line “3/18/20 Pubic Comment”

o   Meetings will continue to be broadcast live on Spectrum/TWC Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99 for cable customers who reside in the City; meetings are also live streamed and available for six months on the City’s website; DVD recordings of meetings are available at the City Clerk’s Office


o   All March Committee Meetings - including Cultural Heritage Commission, Planning Commission,  Design Review Board and Public Arts Commission – have been cancelled. The March 17 Planning Commission Meeting and March 19 Cultural Heritage Commission Meeting will be rescheduled.

Public Safety

·      The South Pasadena Police Department front counter will be open during regular business hours

·      All police and fire services will continue

·      South Pasadena Police Department non-emergency phone number 626-403-7270

·      South Pasadena Fire Department non-emergency phone number 626-403-7300

·      For emergency assistance call 9-1-1

·      Overnight street parking regulations will not be enforced starting 3/17 to 4/30 during the dates of South Pasadena Unified School District closures. The SPPD will, however, be conducting enforcement on parking violations (parking in a red zone, etc.).


·      Library phone number: 626-403-7330

·      Closed beginning March 16

·      Due dates for all items extended to April 15

·      Reference services will be provided by phone (626-403-7350) Mondays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Fridays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Passport Services

·     Passport Services only offered through March 23

 Senior Services

·      Senior Center phone number: 626-403-7360

·      Senior Center will be closed beginning March 16

·      Senior Lunch Program to continue with the following modification

           - Box lunches will be provided for pick up or delivery only

           - To make a reservation for the lunch program, call 626-403-7360 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

·      Dial-a-Ride program to continue with the following modification:

  - Rides will only be provided for essential trips, including doctor’s appointments and grocery store or pharmacy trips

           - Reservations made by phone only at 626-403-7268 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The City recommends that seniors stay active, healthy and connected through eating well and exercising at home.


·      Recreation Department phone number 626-403-7380

·      CampMed program to closed

·      Facility reservations, programs and classes to be cancelled until the end of March

Special Events


o   CERT Class, March 21

o   Women’s Self-Defense, March 21

o   Teen Advisory Board Movie Night, March 25

o   Climate Action Plan Public Meeting at Council Chamber, March 26

o   Library Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, April 17

o   Eggstravaganza at Garfield Park, April 18

o   Earth Day Event at Library Park, April 18

o   Earth Night Event at the City’s Community Room, April 22  

o   Model Water Efficient Landscape Workshop at Garfield Reservoir, April 28

 “We are regularly engaged with public health officials, partnering jurisdictions as well as state and federal agencies and taking proactive steps to ensure the City is prepared and ready to implement recommend prevention strategies to effectively protect the public,” said City of South Pasadena Mayor Robert S. Joe.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the best way to keep healthy and reduce the possible spread of all influenza viruses are:

·      Stay home if you are sick.

·      If you have mild symptoms, there may be no need to go to a medical facility to see a doctor.

·      Certain patients, such as the elderly, those that are immune-compromised or have underlying health conditions should call their doctor earlier.

·      If you have questions, please call the clinic or your doctor before going in. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 211 for assistance finding support near you.

·      Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

·      Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

·      Get immunized against the flu to protect yourself and your family, and reduce the potential strain on the healthcare system, which may be impacted by COVID-19 concerns.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor and respond to suspected cases in the region.


Those infected with the coronavirus have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with the following symptoms: Fever, cough and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. The CDC has estimated that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.


COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Coronavirus are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and spread.

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