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March 14, 2020

UPDATE (3/14/2020 10AM) School closure; SCE & SoCalGas offer bill assistance #malibu

March 14, 2020, 10AM - SMMUSD announced a full school closure effective Tuesday, March 17. SCE and SoCalGas announced suspension of service disconnections to any customers who are having a hard time paying their bills.

UPDATE MARCH 14, 2020 10 AM - The City of Malibu continues to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and implement measures to protect public health and safety. There are currently no known cases of Coronavirus in Malibu. The City continues to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), California Office of Emergency Management (CALOES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of community spread. 

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) has announced that, following the second day of dismissal on Monday, March 16, which had staff at school and students at home, a full closure of all schools and programs, including child care, infant toddler center, preschool, TK-12, and adult school, will be implemented beginning Tuesday, March 17.  The school board will meet Monday to consider the length of the closure and other critical decisions. To read the full message from the Superintendent, visit  https://www.smmusd.org/Page/5437.  

On March 13, 2020, both Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Southern California Edison (SCE) announced a suspension of service disconnections to any customers who are having a hard time paying their bills. Customers are encouraged to call 877-238-0092 for SoCalGas and 800-950-2356 for SCE to speak with a customer service representative about their bill. Visit https://socalgas.com/coronavirus and https://www.sce.com/billhelp for more  information. 

The City is encouraging residents to prepare to have three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. To support our community, residents are urged to shop local, purchasing supplies and meals from Malibu stores and restaurants. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way. These individuals are at higher risk and should avoid non-essential exposure to large groups of people in public spaces. 

To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the health and safety of the community, especially seniors and other high-risk groups, the City has cancelled all non-essential meetings, events and programs. Effective Monday, March 16, Malibu City Hall will be opened to the public by appointment only. 

The City remains committed to serving the community, and City business will continue to operate. Although City Hall and all public counters will be closed to the public, staff will be available to assist anyone with City business including plan review, permit issuance and building inspection. The public is encouraged to call or email City staff to make appointments. 

To make appointments, please call or email: 
-- Building Safety Dept (including Environmental Health, Coastal Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering): Call 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or Email mbuilding@malibucity.org.
-- Planning Dept (including Biology): Call 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or Email mplanning@malibucity.org
-- Public Works Dept: Call 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or Email mPublicWorks@malibucity.org
-- All other City business: Call 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or Email info@malibucity.org

Actions the City Has Taken:
-- City Hall to be open to the public by appointment only effective Monday, March 16 (3/13/2020)
-- All City Commission and Committee meetings cancelled until further notice (3/13/2020) 
-- All non-essential City programs and services postponed or cancelled through April 30 (3/12/2020)
-- Long range Pandemic planning in development (3/12/2020, ongoing)
-- Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated (3/12/2020)
-- Senior programs, classes, and events cancelled (3/11/2020)
-- Dedicated Coronavirus webpage www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus created (3/11/2020)
-- Emergency and remote staffing plans being prepared (3/10/2020, ongoing)
-- Created a Pandemic Response Plan (3/9/2020) https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/26113/Pandemic-Response-Plan-2020
-- City Hall public spaces regularly cleaned and sanitized (3/3/2020, ongoing)
-- Daily conference calls with State, County and regional public health agencies (3/2/2020)
-- Regular Emergency public messaging distributed daily

The March 23, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting will be held as scheduled. All other City Commission and Committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice. 

The Senior Center is closed, but Senior Center staff will still be available to assist any seniors in the community that need assistance. For assistance, call the Senior Center at 310-456-2489 ext. 357. The Dial-A-Ride program will continue to operate, and Dial-A-Ride vehicles are regularly disinfected. 

For a complete list of programs, meetings and events that are cancelled or postponed, visit https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/26106/03_12_2020_Malibu_EmergencyCancellations_ProgramsMeetingsEvents. 

Background 
The City, in standard preparation for any emergency or disaster, has plans in place for continuity of government services and business operations. In addition, the City has created a Pandemic Response Plan to address continuity of operations for businesses, and City government services in case a serious outbreak of the Coronavirus (or other communicable disease) occurs locally. 

The public is urged to follow these hygiene and containment measures: 
-- Avoid / stay away from sick people
-- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner
-- Keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
-- Disinfect public counters, desks, common areas, phones, keyboards and other high-touch surfaces
-- Use disinfectant wipes identified for use against Influenza A&B and Coronaviruses
-- If you have symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) stay home and call a doctor
-- Remain home until you have spoken with your doctor or health provider and are cleared to return to work
-- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw away the tissue. 

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