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Burbank Revises Emergency Orders Allowing More Business to Move Outdoors

In Burbank, customers can now get their nails done, have their hair styled, workout, and attend church services all outdoors within private parking lots.

This is due to the signing of an Emergency Order allowing these types of activities to
be conducted outside. The newly adopted Order is based on the premise that outdoor activities are safer than indoors and less likely to spread COVID 19 and follows California Governor Newsom’s
guidelines for outdoor operations. The new guidance from the Governor and County
specifically applies to:

• Personal care services such as nail salons, tanning salons, esthetician, skincare,
and cosmetology services; electrology, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and
piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)

• Hair salons and barbershops
• Fitness facilities, including private gymnasiums
• Faith-based service is held outdoors

The Order allows the use of private parking lots through July 28, 2020, when Council will
consider the adoption of an Urgency Ordinance approving the program. If approved by
Council the program may run through December 31, 2020.

This does not apply to retailers who are still allowed to conduct indoor sales.

“This is just another way that the City of Burbank can accommodate our businesses,”
stated Mayor Sharon Springer. “It’s important that we come together and support them
during

Application Period Begins for Burbank Rental Assistance Program

The City of Burbank is committed to assisting renters impacted by COVID-19. A commitment of $439,910 in Community Development Block Grant and Los Angeles County Measure H funds will be used to provide emergency rent assistance to low-income renters. The assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis until funds run out, at which point, the program will end.

Renters financially impacted by COVID-19, may apply for the Burbank Rental Assistance Program for up to $800 per month for up to 3 months if specific criteria is met.

  • Reside in Burbank
  • Do not exceed the annual income below based on your household size as a result of COVID-19

 

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People

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Annual
Income
$63,100$72,100$81,100$90,100$97,350$104,550$111,750$118,950
  • Be financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Experienced a job loss, furlough, or reduced work hours due to COVID-19
  • Not receive any form of rental assistance or reside in housing with affordable housing covenants
  • Have a current rental agreement
  • Have fallen behind on your rent for the month of April, May, and/or June

The application period will begin on Monday, June 22, 2020, starting at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time (PST)) and end on Friday, July 3, 2020 5:00 p.m. PST. Due to limited funding, the City will only accept 300 applications by or before the application period end date, whichever comes first. All applications must be submitted on-line at: https://www.burbankca.gov/ by clicking the Rent Assistance Program Banner that will appear on the top header at 8:00 a.m. on June 22. Applicants should have a rental agreement and payment arrangement agreement (if applicable) electronically available. Only one application per household will be accepted.

For other general questions or assistance, please call the Application Call Center at (818) 238­5180, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and someone will be able to assist you.

 

City of Burbank Gives Guidance to Reopening Businesses in City

On May 26th the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the reopening of some business sectors, including all indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers, at 50% capacity. If you are a business owner or employee, we want to provide you with the necessary information to reopen. 
 
The most recent Order issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Health on May 26, can be found here.
 
When opening, each business sector must meet certain protocols. Please review the protocols before you open to ensure that you are meeting these requirements. As a part of these protocols, you must place a sign reminding customers and employees to meet the social distancing guidelines, to not enter the building if they are sick, wear a face covering, and to wash and sanitize their hands. 

The City has developed a downloadable poster or you may pick up a hard copy from our office. Please call (818) 238-5580 and we will leave you one in our pick up box.
 
Additionally, the City of Burbank would like to get your input on how COVID-19 has affected your business. Linked here is a short six minute survey to help the City develop plans and programs to assist the business community as we move though the stages of economic rehabilitation and recovery. Thank you in advance for taking this survey and sharing your thoughts. City of Burbank COVID-19 Business Survey

Questions? Please E-mail: COVID19@burbankca.gov or call: (818) 238-5180 (Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m) and we will assist you.

Burbank Company Unveils New Website to Track COVID-19 Cases

A Burbank technology company has joined the war on the COVID-19 pandemic with their website that collects data from its users about possible COVID-19 symptoms and provides a virus risk assessment.

Vahag Karayan and Gugo Martikyan

The COVID-19 symptom tracking website InfoGears.org was created by the small startup tech company NetGenix in partnership with Instigate Mobile, an Armenian tech company. The non-profit website was developed to help communities and city governments spot local virus trends.

The free site is user friendly and completely anonymous. Individuals are asked if they have any symptoms, have they been tested for the virus or antibodies, their gender, age and how often do they go out. There are twelve questions total. When the survey is finished, a risk assessment is done ranking the users virus threat level. The questions follow the same CDC main symptoms and secondary indicators that are listed on their site. Infogears covers Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale and La Crescenta-Montros. When I took the survey, my assessment was low, thankfully.

Vahag Karayan, 44, and Gugo Martikyan, 45, are both Armenian immigrants who arrived in the US in the early 1990s. Both are longtime residents of Burbank. The two met at UCLA while studying computer science. Before starting NetGenix, the two computer scientists were employed by Fortune 500 companies and worked together at Entertainment Partners. NetGenix was launched in January. Soon the Coronavirus pandemic arrived and its subsequent lockdown; suddenly the two found themselves with very few clients and too much free time. When Karayan and Martikyan followed the virus’ daily reported statistics, the numbers would bother them.

“Why are the numbers always late?” thought Karayan. “When someone takes the [virus] test and gets a positive result, it’s already too late for the hospital or locality. If you have many people showing up at the same time, it’ll overwhelm the hospital systems. This is a lagging indicator.”

Karayan and Martikyan felt leading indicators were needed. Using self-reported symptoms would achieve that.

“Over time we will be able to tell if there is going to be an increase of COVID-19 cases in a locality,” said Karayan. “This allows for hospitals or cities to react before those cases make it to a hospital.”

Wanting to help the local community, they partnered with Instigate Mobile, who were

also in lockdown, and started developing the site. Working twelve hours days, with no compensation, for five weeks resulted in InfoGears.org.

NetGenix is in talks with Burbank and Glendale city governments to work with one of their departments and to promote the site. They are also seeking partnerships for the site.  Infogears is being heavily promoted on Facebook and Twitter.

Karayan is enthusiastic about the site benefiting the communities it targets.

“If you don’t help each other, the world will not be a better place.”

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Has Prepared For The Surge

Two weeks ago, the Burbank-Glendale area had only a handful of known cases.  As of April 9, 282 cases.  And over the next two weeks, the cases will continue rising, perhaps dramatically, as the novel coronavirus makes itself felt among those of us who had been infected, but without any symptoms until now.

Dr. Angelique Campen

If we’re lucky, April will turn out to be “the cruelest month” rather than May, or June.  We need things to turn around before summer, or we’ll see people dying from an oxygen-starved economy alongside those dying from oxygen-starved lungs.

In the meantime, “when we’re in hell, keep marching.”  Straight talk and sound advice will help us climb out of the virus pit sooner rather than later, and this is exactly what Dr. Angelique Campen offered to the ZOOMed-in Noon Rotary audience yesterday.

Dr. Campen graduated from UCLA medical school, got certified in emergency medicine and ran St. Joseph’s Emergency Medicine Department for many of her 20 years there. Today, she’s the Chief Financial Officer for St. Joseph’s Emergency Medical Group.   “She’s fluent in all things concerning emergency medicine (as well as Italian and Greek)”, said Gregory Madore, President of the host Rotary Club of Burbank Noon.

Most importantly, she’s on the front lines of the fight against this “novel” virus, whose unique methods of attack cannot be found in a medical book, but instead are being discovered in the world’s emergency rooms, be they makeshift or modern.

St. Joseph’s is ready for The Surge

“We’re just starting to see the uptick right now in the emergency department,” said Dr. Campen.  Fortunately, “every emergency department in Southern California has been at half volume.”  [Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center] usually handles 200 emergency patients daily. That number has fallen to 100.  Possible reasons: Light freeway traffic leading to fewer accidents, and people becoming reluctant to resort to emergency rooms for fear of catching the virus.

Meanwhile, Saint Joseph’s has been actively preparing for the onslaught of corona cases, paying close attention to the battles of the bug raging across Europe, New York, Detroit and New Orleans.  “Half of the entire hospital is set up to offer intensive unit care, if necessary,” said Dr. Campen.

Hospitals typically operate at 90-95% capacity, but elective surgeries have been cancelled, leaving extra room available for fighting the virus.  St. Joseph’s made sure they could fill that space with critical equipment.  “We have 100 ventilators on hand,” said Dr. Campen. “We usually have had only 20 ventilated patients in the ICU.” 

The doctors and nurses also have at their disposal self-contained ventilator helmets (much friendlier than skin-chafing masks) as well as full-body protection when caring for critical patients.  The virus will probably have surprises in store (remember, it’s a novel corona virus) but St. Joseph’s has plenty of ammunition.

Understanding the enemy

Dr. Campen points out that there are currently two strains of the virus: one causing fever and diarrhea; and the other, which has gotten most of the press, attacking the respiratory system.  “It is mostly a disease of the elderly,” she says. Those over 65 are most at risk, particularly those with pre-existing respiratory conditions like COPD and emphysema, which make up the great majority of those needing a ventilator.  (In Dr. Campen’s opinion, many in their 30’s that tested positive are health care workers, for whom being tested is a priority.)  “In my experience, everyone under 45 who has been severely ill from the virus has been smoking or vaping,” says Dr. Campen.

One of the newer discoveries is that some virus sufferers have “happy hypoxia;” that is, their lungs are at 70% oxygen- rather than the healthy 90+%–but they report no breathing discomfort.   “Putting these people face down helps increase oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood without using the ventilator,” explains Dr. Campen. “The longer a patient is on the ventilator, the greater the chance of lung damage. So ventilators have to be used carefully, and more as a last resort.”

Understanding What’s At Stake

Millions of lives may hang on whether they can receive hospital care if they need it.  “In the absence of a vaccine, it takes 60% of the population to achieve herd immunity,” points out Dr. Campen.  In round figures, there are 330 million people in the U.S., so 198 million of us would have to be infected before enough of us acquired natural immunity to prevent the further spread of infection.  Just for illustration, suppose the death rate were a flulike 0.1% if all patients were able to receive the care they needed, including time in a hospital.  But what if large numbers of people could not get needed hospital care because the hospitals were overwhelmed? Then the death rate would go up.  If it went up to only 1.1%, that would mean 1.98 million more people would have died.

Left to its own devices, the novel coronavirus can easily overwhelm hospitals and boost the death rate by 1% or more. The virus is a sneaky saboteur that spreads the gasoline far and wide and then lights the match.  People catching the virus are without symptoms for five days or more.  “And you can spread the virus for up to two days before you yourself start showing symptoms,” said Dr. Campen.  That’s a lot of gasoline. 

“What we’ve done to slow the spread of the disease has been successful,” said Dr. Campen.  Even though a lot of horses had already left the barn, California’s shelter-in-place and social distancing seems to be working. The strategy is reduce the number of cases per day while at the same time increasing the beds available for those needing them until, ideally, every virus sufferer who needs a bed can get one, and the death rate is thereby kept to a minimum.  Possibly saving a million or more lives throughout the U.S..

How To Avoid Catching the Coronavirus

To avoid catching the virus, Dr. Campen offers several suggestions:

  • The novel corona virus spreads by riding on droplets, which we emit even during ordinary speech. Within a short distance, they fall to the ground, or onto a surface. Hence the admonition to stay at least six feet way from others. “You won’t catch it walking into an empty elevator or along a sidewalk,” states Dr. Campen.
  • “Treat every public surface as if it were contaminated. Don’t worry about how long a virus may last on a given surface,” advises Dr. Campen. “You don’t know when a surface was last touched by someone who had the virus. So if you touch the surface, wash your hands.”  She adds, “Gloves are more likely to make you sick.  Touching a surface and cleaning your hands afterwards is safer.”  Also, “You can find traces of the virus on delivery packages, but the real hazard is from touching door knobs or elevator buttons.”
  • Fortunately, the novel coronavirus does not penetrate the skin. It enters through the nose or eyes when you touch your face, often without thinking about it. So wash your hands often so even if you mistakenly touch your face, you won’t be leaving viruses on it.
  • “You’re more likely to get infected going to the grocery store and interacting with people than by touching things,” says Dr. Campen. Especially if you make a point of frequently disinfecting your hands.
  • “Masks are a low-risk way to prevent transmission of the virus from people who don’t know they have it,” said Dr. Campen. “Beyond that, they help remind you not to touch your face.”
  • At 2000 mg per day, Vitamin C does decrease virus replication. Zinc lozenges work too, as well as zinc taken orally.  (But too much zinc will affect your sense of taste or smell.)

What to Do If You Have It

But what if you do have symptoms?  Here’s Dr. Campen’s advice:

  • If your symptoms are consistent with the virus (e.g., fever, fatigue, dry cough) but you aren’t short of breath, then stay at home and self-isolate. Don’t ask for a test, which involves inserting a strip up your nose. “Every time they put a test on you, they put themselves at risk. You’ll likely cough or gag or otherwise spew out virus particles,” points out Dr. Campen. Instead, just assume you have the virus.  Save the testing for those for whom it will make a real difference: medical workers, first responders and nursing home clients and staff.
  • Contrary to some assertions on the Internet, it’s perfectly safe to use Ibuprofen for headaches.
  • On the issue of hydrooxychloroquine (HCQ), Dr. Campen advises caution. “Prolonged use can cause heart arrhythmia. Effective doses carry side effects. The safest application is by a doctor in a hospital setting.” In any case, seek first the advice of your personal physician, who knows best your medical condition, prescription drugs, etc.
  • Campen points out that azithromycin is used in cases of pneumonia or bronchitis three to four days into the illness in order to fight bacterial infection. The coronavirus, in particular, “makes the body ramp up the production of white blood cells and use them up.” And so the patient is vulnerable to bacterial infection.

The Dilemma

Prevention and treatment are good as far as they go, but when will there be a cure?  Dr. Campen estimates that a vaccine for the virus “is 12 to 14 months away.”   One can only hope that we get it right the first time. “The Ebola vaccine got pulled from the market when it backfired,” she said.  “Doctors discovered that it triggered an overwhelming immune response.”  A successful coronavirus vaccine would be taken in addition to the flu virus annually; hopefully, the coronavirus would not mutate quite so readily as the flu virus.

Flu vaccines can be effective, with a due regard to their limitations. “Vaccines take two weeks to develop antibodies,” says Dr. Campen. “So if you wait too far into the flu season, then you may catch the flu before the vaccine can immunize you against it. Best to take the shot early in the season.”  Moreover, Dr. Campen pointed out that UCLA had tested 3,600 people suspected of harboring the coronavirus.  Only 10% tested positive; reminding us that there are still plenty of other respiratory viruses only too happy to make us miserable.

And so now we come face-to-face with our dilemma:  What about those of us who have so far avoided the virus, perhaps by staying mostly at home, maintaining social distance and washing our hands more than Macbeth’s wife?  Several cases come to mind:

  • If we’re under 65 and healthy, chances are we’ll have a version of the cold from the virus, and that’s it. It’s even possible we already had the virus, had minimal symptoms and so we can go out into the world as before.  We may even have been exposed to just trace amounts of the virus which, Dr. Campen points out, can also trigger the production of antibodies that way vaccines are meant to do. Massive testing for those with antibodies would be a good start; chances are they’d be safe, and the vaccine would arrive before the virus mutates into a new disease.
  • If wer’re elderly and in a nursing home, chances are we’d be staying there anyway. The challenge is to keep the nursing home facility virus free until the vaccine arrives.
  • If we’re younger but with any number of high risk factors (diabetes, prior lung damage, etc.) we may well decide to limit our exposure until a vaccine arrives. For many of us in this category, that’s easier said than done.
  • If we’re over 65 and reasonably healthy, we’re still at an elevated risk, facing a morbidity of 5% or more. Before we take the risk and venture out into a coronavirus world, we’d want to know if we could receive antibody plasma or hospitalization if we needed it. 

At this point, we need to start factoring in the deaths that may result from a wrecked economy as well as those that result from a ravaging disease. Perhaps we can think of a compromised economy as a kind of “side effect “ of the “medicine” of our semi-quarantine. 

Minimizing total deaths from both disease and cure must become the new goal. Hospitals like St. Joseph’s, which have prepared for sudden contingencies and heavy caseloads, make it far easier to the rest of us find workable solutions.

To learn more about the coronavirus and how to fight it, visit Angelique Campen on facebook or visit glamerdoc on Instagram.

 

Hollywood Burbank Airport Temporarily Consolidates Terminal Operations

As Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and airlines continue to experience reduced passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BUR will temporarily close Terminal B operations on Friday, April 10.

All Alaska, Delta, and United airlines departing and arriving flights, ticket counter and baggage services, as well as Transportation Security Administration security screenings, will move to Terminal A. American, JetBlue, and Southwest airlines will continue to operate in Terminal A as normal. Signs will be posted outside Terminal B directing passengers to Terminal A.

We will continue to make modifications to how we do business when necessary, upholding that BUR continues to operate safely, while promoting social distancing, hand washing, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Increasing Cleaning

Hollywood Burbank Airport, in cooperation with its janitorial contractor, Diverse Facility Solutions (DFS), is having DFS workers spray every surface of the Airport with a highly effective disinfectant, using the Protexus sprayer made by EvaClean.

The Protexus is a cordless electrostatic backpack sprayer that charges a dilution of a 3M disinfectant product known to be effective against C. diff and coronaviruses. The disinfectant currently meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for disinfectant that are effective against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The spray is a very fine mist that adheres to hard non-porous surfaces as well as to soft surfaces such as fabrics or upholstery. The electrostatic charge allows the spray to attract to the surface, rather than float in the air, bringing 360-degree, touchless disinfection and sanitizing capabilities. The product is dry in 10 minutes.

The disinfectant will be applied nightly to all surfaces throughout the Airport on all high touch areas, doorknobs, flooring and carpets, computer workstations, seating and restrooms.

“The Airport’s new Safety Management System program led by Sumire Spurlock, has provided the Airport with a path to identify and purchase the Protexus sprayer and 3M disinfectant product for DFS to use throughout the Airport to help slow down this pandemic,” said Frank Miller, executive director of Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Athletes Try to Get Through Quarantine

Surviving the coronavirus as an athlete is difficult with facilities for almost every sport closed.
Now more than two weeks into a quarantine, some are still finding ways to do things to stay in shape.
Baseball and softball players can practice their swing off a tee or perhaps throw a ball against a garage or a wall at home.  Tennis players can also probably hit against a wall if they can find one.  Golfers can work on their putting. Volleyball players are probably a little more limited, but can still working on things like jumping drills.  Track runners are still able to keep in shape.  But those that are probably struggling the most are those who compete in field events and swimmers.
Burroughs High swimmer Maya Wilson, who has signed with UCLA, is one that has clearly been affected by it.

Maya Wilson, bottom row, second from left, and her Burroughs teammates, shown in a meet last season, haven’t been able to spend much time in the pool.

“I’m doing lots of weights and cardio. My club team and I are doing Zoom meetings to talk about technique and ways to work out while staying in quarantine,” Wilson said. “The biggest thing for a lot of us is how we are dealing with the whole situation mentally. Moving away from seeing your friends every day is hard enough, not to mention the disappointment from losing such an important final high school season and the in the water training that goes with it.”

Burbank High siblings Jarren and Jayla Flowers have tried their best to stay in shape just in case the track season does resume. Jayla finished fifth in the state in the triple jump as a sophomore.

Jarren Flowers jumping on a loose ball during the CIF playoffs, is doing all he can to stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Jarren is a sprinter and star wide receiver/defensive back on the football team.
“These past few days me and my sister have been doing workouts indoor for track and sometimes outdoors while practicing social distancing,” Jarren Flowers said. “We have been also making sure to do yoga and pushups and situps to stay strong and loose. My sister has been doing mainly core and body weights stuff, which I have been doing too. With me, I try to find an open field at a park to do some football drills too.”

 

Burbank Restaurants Treading Water to Stay Afloat

Burbank eateries have been hit by an economic tsunami after State and Federal orders shutdown non-essential businesses and required the public to stay at home in an attempt to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As an exception to the orders, restaurants were allowed to stay open with no in house dining allowed; only food to go was permitted to be sold. The orders have affected businesses big and small, locally owned and chain restaurants. To stay afloat eateries have laid off workers, reduce prices and are offering specials. Anxiety is high as restaurateurs wonder how much longer they can keep their doors open, while the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is the worst that has happened since we have opened. We’re trying to do the best we can. Our hopes are going down,” said Yammy Brambile the owner of Mexcocina Cafe, a locally owned eatery serving authentic Mexican food.

Customers loved to sit down and relax while dining in, said Brambile. The lack of dine in sales have impacted the Cafe’s revenue severely dropping it from $35,000 a week to $15,000.

When office buildings and non-essential businesses closed, sales were cut further.

At the family owned Central Park Pizza, sales are down more than 50%. Located at the Batcade, an arcade with batting cages, half of Central Park Pizza’s sales disappeared when the Batcade closed. Now only sales for pick-up and delivery are made, and they offer no contact delivery. An innovation borne of the need to assuage customer’s fears of infection, some people are even afraid to order food, no-contact delivery is offered by restaurants eager to boost sales. The driver leaves the food where the customer had requested and departs; no contact is made between the driver or the buyer.

Siri Thai lost its lunch crowed when the entertainment studio’s closed their offices.

“It’s been very difficult. Lucky to still be open,” said Siri Thai owner, Max Kongvisawamit.

With sales down 60%, Siri Thai only serves dinner for walk in pickup, curbside pickup and delivery—including no contact delivery. Drivers use hand sanitizer and gloves to protect themselves.

“Drivers—they are pretty scared, but they want the money. They want more hours.”

The Smoke House lost most of its customers when the studios closed. The steak house is now offering reduced prices and a smaller menu for take out. Despite their take away sales doing well, they still needed to lay off most of their employees. The remaining are working four to six hours a day.

Loyal customers and neighbors have been the pillars holding up most of Burbank’s restaurants up. With no lunch crowd and reduced to selling only dinners to go, the Italian restaurant, Centanni Burbank has been kept afloat by their regular customers. The three owners, one of who is the Chef, are now running the establishment on their own. Their employees were laid off.

To increase sales, Burbank eateries have offered a number of specials and discounts. Centanni Burbank’s entire wine menu sells for just $15 a bottle, Mexcocina is including free deserts with orders over $60, Siri Thai provides free drinks and cash back, and the Daily Grill offers alcohol, including cocktails, to go and meal specials for two or more people.

The Daily Grill’s revenue is 10% of its normal business and 91 employees have been furloughed.

“My team members, I am constantly thinking of them. I worry about them,” said the Grill House General Manager Jessica Kasilian.

Layoffs at Burbank eateries have been steep with most or all of their workers gone. Central Park Pizza has managed to keep all their workers with reduced hours trying to help them.

“We are just open for our employees, so they can have…a few hours,” said Brambile.

“We are offering employees free food to support them,” said Siri Thai owner Kongvisawamit.

Restaurants are using various food order and delivery apps while still taking online orders at their websites. With the future uncertain and no idea when they will return to normal, Burbank restauranteurs are swimming hard to not drown in the pandemic tidal wave.

Kasilian remained resolute, “Lets work hard, let’s stay open.”

For a list of Burbank restaurants that are still open, click on the link to go to myburbank.com‘s Burbank restaurant’s page.

Burbank’s Disaster Council Meets, Chairman Issues Social Distancing Rules

After the City Council declared an Emergency, the City Manager (Justin Hess) has been appointed the Chairman of the Disaster Council with the different department heads in the City making up the Disaster Council.  They can then appoint others as needed.The Chairman can issue orders and also can call for a meeting at any time of the Disaster Council.

When asked about the enforcement of the order, Burbank Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Derek Green said, “The ordinance applies to any store in the City of Burbank. Burbank Police will be working with stores in hopes of enforcing the ordinance together, as both the store and customer are responsible for adhering to the conditions.

We have been, and will continue to deploy officers who are specifically keeping an eye on our business districts, including gun stores, grocery stores, etc., for issues pertaining to social distancing and other nuisance concerns.

Violating the ordinance, like other Burbank Municipal ordinances, is considered a misdemeanor and enforceable by citation or arrest.

The purpose of the ordinance is to protect our community during the Covid-19 pandemic and provide a safe and healthy environment to help slow the spread of the virus.

For now, we are helping stores acclimate to the ordinance and explaining the conditions to them. They’ve been encouraged to make adjustments to their operations in order to adhere to the conditions and avoid any enforcement action. We always encourage our citizens to report suspicious activity and other violations.”

When asked about how quick officers will be to issue citations, Green said it will be totally up to the officers discretion and hopefully officers can educate the public for their own benefit and that of their friends, neighbors and family.

Friday the Burbank Disaster Council issued the following order for Burbank. Here is the complete order:

The Director of Emergency Services of the City of Burbank does hereby find:

  1. On March 13, 2020, a local emergency was declared in the City of Burbank due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. On March 17, 2020, the City Council by Resolution No. 20-29,135 confirmed the existence of the local emergency and confirmed the powers of the Director of Emergency Services to take all acts pursuant to Burbank Municipal Code Section 5-2-106 to protect life and property.
  3. On March 19, 2020, the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer issued an Order entitled Safer at Home for Control of COVID-19 (Order). This Order encompassed rules for events and gathering, social distancing and closure of non-essential business and areas, as well as listing categories of essential businesses allowed to stay open under the Order.
  4. On March 19, 2020, the Governor issued an executive order similar to the Safer at Home Order.
  5. On March 21, 2020, the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer issued a revised Safer at Home for Control of COVID-19 Order which further restricted gatherings and changed categories of non-essential and essential businesses under the Order. The Order is effective through April 19, 2020.
  6. The Order applies within the Los Angeles County Public Health jurisdiction, which is all unincorporated areas and cities within Los Angeles County except for the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena (who have their own public health officers.) The City of Burbank is subject to this Order.
  7. As stated in the Order, it is intended to deter the spread of COVID-19 by preventing people from being in unnecessary close contact.
  8. The Order provides, however, it does not supersede any stricter limitation imposed by a local public entity within the Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction.
  9. Essential Businesses under the Order must comply with social distancing requirements and other health prevention measures such as providing hand sanitizers.
  10. The City of Burbank is experiencing Essential Businesses allowing customers to queue in the public right-of-way including sidewalks and City-owned alleys; rather than on their own property.
  11. Furthermore, customers waiting to enter essential businesses are not practicing social distancing of six feet separation and are interfering with other members of the public safely navigating along sidewalks and other public right-of-way by not maintaining social distances.
  12. The rules and regulations being issued pursuant to the authority vested in the Director of Emergency Services under Burbank Municipal Code Section 5-2-106are reasonably related and necessary to the protection of life and property as affected by the spread of COVID-19.

The Director of Emergency Services of the City of Burbank does hereby order:

  1. The following rules and regulations are hereby instituted within the City Burbank:
  2. Any Essential Business under the Safer at Home Order operating in the City of Burbank shall not allow queuing of its customers while waiting to enter their business in the City’s public right-of-way including sidewalks and alleys.
  3. Any Essential Business under the Safer at Home Order operating in the City of Burbank shall only allow queuing of customers on their own property, if customers are able to maintain separation by a distance of six feet.
  4. Any Essential Business under the Safer at Home Order operating in the City of Burbank who is unable to meet the requirements under subsections 1 and 2, above, shall only be open to the public through appointments.
  5. Any customers waiting to enter an Essential Business in the City shall not line-up in the City’s public right-of-way including sidewalks or alleys.
  6. Pursuant to Burbank Municipal Code Section 5-2-301 it is unlawful to commit any act forbidden by this order. Any person violating any of the provisions or failing to comply with any of the mandatory requirements of this Code including violating this order may be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant Burbank Municipal Code Section 1-1-105.
  7. This order is effective immediately through April 19, 2020 unless extended further.
  8. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this order is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this order.

DATED this 27th day of March, 2020.

Justin Hess-,  City Manager and Director of Emergency Services