Packed strand in Hermosa

As coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County increase the Strand in Hermosa Beach was packed with people on Thursday July 23, 2020 with people not wearings masks nor social distancing. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

Hermosa Beach’s mask-wearing requirements, implemented last year to curb the spread of the coronavirus, have been relaxed, as officials align the city’s rules with those of Los Angeles County.

Under the city order, people who are vaccinated can gather outdoors without wearing a mask, when indoors with household members, or in small groups of people “who are not fully vaccinated and not at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19,” according to a Hermosa Beach press release.

Masks are still required at crowded outdoor events by fully vaccinated people, and in “crowded spaces where physical distance is not feasible and when it is not known if everyone in the space is fully vaccinated,” the press release said.

Hermosa Beach enacted $100 to $500 fines in July for not wearing a face covering at the city’s busiest areas, including the Strand and downtown area, as well as on the beach when not in the water. It was one of the earliest cities to enact fines in the South Bay.

The new rules have not completely lifted masking requirements, and fines for non-compliance remain in effect, said city spokeswoman Laura Mecoy.

“COVID-19 cases continue to decline in California and more than half the people eligible for vaccines have received at least one dose,” City Manager Suja Lowenthal, who signed an executive order on the new rules late last week, said in a statement. “However, the disease can still spread rapidly through person-to-person contact and more contagious variants are present in the County. Such precautions as face masks and social distancing are still very important for curbing the virus’s spread.”

The city, meanwhile, will host a coronavirus vaccination clinic for Hermosa Beach residents and eligible employees of local businesses from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Those interested must schedule an interview. To do so, call 310-947-03411 or go to hermosabeach.gov.

Anyone at least 16 years old are eligible to receive the vaccine. A parents or a guardian of 16- and 17-year-olds should accompany them to the clinic, which will offer the Pfizer vaccine, according to the city’s website.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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