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March 14, 2020 4:00 PM

UPDATE 3/14/2020, 4PM - City Declaration of Local Emergency. County libraries closed.

UPDATE 3/14/2020, 4PM - The City issued a Declaration of Local Emergency based on the rapidly evolving challenges to protect public health and safety from the Coronavirus. County Libraries are closed. SMMUSD schools closed as of March 17. Shop local.

UPDATE MARCH 14, 2020 4 PM - In an Executive Order in her role as Director of Emergency Services, City Manager Reva Feldman today issued a Declaration of Local Emergency regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19. The declaration was based on the rapidly evolving challenges to protect public health and safety related to the spread of COVID-19. The City joins the State of California, County of Los Angeles, and many other cities in taking this step. President Trump also declared a National Emergency on Friday.

The emergency proclamation will be considered for ratification by the City Council at a Special meeting on Monday, March 16. The proclamation enables the City to take additional legal, operational, and recovery measures that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting communities in Los Angeles County, throughout the state, and across the nation.

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. 

See the press release. https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/26115/Coronavirus-State-of-Emergency-press-release_03-14-2020.

To practice social distancing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), LA County Library announced today that it will temporarily close its 86 library locations including Malibu to the public as of 5:00 PM Saturday, March 14, 2020. Library programming and events have already been cancelled. Due dates for borrowed materials will automatically be extended, no late fines will be assessed, and customers can return materials when the Library reopens. Customers can access LA County Library’s digital resources, chat reference, and information about the coronavirus on our website at www.lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus.

In an attempt to control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to reduce and minimize the risk of infection, SMMUSD has modified its meeting procedures in keeping with Governor Newsom's executive order on March 12, 2020, “limiting attendance at public assemblies, conferences, or other mass events.” All SMMUSD schools and programs are closed as of March 17, 2020.

The City joins with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce in encouraging residents and visitors to shop local to support Malibu’s local small businesses, while following the recommended social distancing and hygiene precautions. The Coronavirus and the nationwide response is down the economy. Visit https://www.malibu.org/ and follow #WORLDSTRONG #MALIBUSTRONG AND #FLATTENTHECURVE 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

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.

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