FREE SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAMS BEGIN, REOPENING PROTOCOLS, ANSWERS TO YOUR REOPENING FAQs

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FREE SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAMS BEGIN (6/16) AT COUNTY PARKS!
Summer Lunch Programs
2020 Summer Lunch and Snack Program starts Tuesday (6/16):

LOCATIONS: 49 County Parks locations, including locally in Altadena at: 
Charles White Park, Farnsworth Park, and Loma Alta Park
DATES: Tuesdays thru Fridays, from June 16 to August 7 (excluding July 3)
TIME: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

FREE SUMMER LUNCH AND SNACK PROGRAM KICKS OFF AT L.A. COUNTY PARKS: The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) begins the 2020 Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program on Tuesday, June 16, at 49 locations. LA County Parks will provide “grab and go” lunch and snack on Tuesday to Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The program runs through August 7.
Due to health and safety restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, lunch and snack will be available for pick up only. Face coverings and physical distancing of six feet are required. For convenience, lunch and snack can be picked up simultaneously.

“We know many families rely on lunch and snack programs to provide free, nutritious food for their children, perhaps now more than ever,” said Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Acting Director Norma E. Garcia. “We are honored to welcome the children and youth of our parks to pick up healthy, reliable meal during summer.”
Children and youth ages 18 and under receive a free nutritious lunch and snack that include vegetables, fruits, seeds, and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese, and yogurt.

Created to help reduce the growing percentage of young people in the United States challenged by obesity or lack of consistent access to wholesome meals, the program aims to provide a healthy alternative for students when school is out for the summer.

In order for participating parks to qualify for the program, they must service areas within the geographical boundaries of elementary, middle, or high school attendance areas with at least 50% of its students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Every summer season, about 300,000 free snacks and lunches are provided to the most needed communities. LA County Parks provides the free lunch and snack program in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education, and the Department of Public Health.

LEARN MORE: parks.lacounty.gov/summerlunch
Lunch at the Library & 2020 Summer Lunch and Snack programs are supported by a grant from the California State Library.
For more information, read this press release.

REOPENING PROTOCOLS, ANSWERS TO YOUR REOPENING FAQsAND INCIDENT REPORT
The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today’s update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

Protocols & Answers to Your Reopening FAQsReopening FAQs and Protocols
LA County’s revised Health Officer Order has allowed for the reopening of key economic and community centers, today (including day camps, fitness centers, spectator-free professional sports, museums, campgrounds and entertainment production).As each of these sectors begin to reopen, County residents may have many questions about what to expect when returning to their favorite places and activities. To answer these questions, LA County has prepared a series of FAQs that should guide you on the Road to Recovery.Today’s update offers highlights from our FAQ series, as well infection control protocols for the latest reopening sectors. To connect to protocols, click on any of the hyperlinks found throughout this segment. They’ll take you there!

Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums What are museums, galleries, zoos, & aquariums doing to slow the spread of COVID-19? Museums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums must ensure that all Public Health protocols are followed. Visitors and staff are required to use face coverings and practice physical distancing. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the County is limiting capacity in museums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums, to ensure that visitors observe limits in exhibit spaces and galleries. You should only visit a museum, gallery, zoo or aquarium with members of your own household.

Do I have to wear a face covering? Yes, staff and visitors must wear face coverings while in museums, galleries, zoos or aquariums. This applies to all adults and children over the age of 2. Only individuals with chronic respiratory conditions or other medical conditions that make use of a mask hazardous are exempted from this requirement.

Will I have my temperature taken at these facilities? 
Maybe. In some cases symptom checks will be conducted before you enter the establishment. Symptom checks must include coughing, shortness of breath or fever, and any other symptoms you may be experiencing. These checks can be done remotely or in person upon your arrival. Staff will also be screened for symptoms. Anyone feeling sick should stay home.

Day CampsCampgrounds
What activities will be allowed at day camp? Will my child need to wear a cloth face covering the entire day? Campers will be able to do many of the things they normally do at camp  — exercise, arts and craft, play, etc.,  — but physical distancing and other precautions will be in place. All campers and visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings while at camp, except while swimming, napping, eating/drinking or engaging in solo physical exertion (such as jogging alone). Children less than three years of age and those with health conditions that prevent masking are exempt.

What happens to the day camp if one camper gets sick or tests positive? Anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should be isolated, must wear a face covering and be transported home or to a healthcare facility, as soon as possible. In consultation with the Department of Public Health, the camp may be considered for closure based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.

Can I go camping with my friends? Members of the same household should camp together. People who are not from the same household must maintain physical distance of at least six feet and everyone should wear face coverings.

Can I rent equipment for activities? Rentals are allowed, but facilities may limit their rental program. It is recommended that you come prepared with everything you may need, including sporting equipment, when possible. If rentals are available, they must be cleaned and disinfected between each person’s use.

Hotels, Lodging, Short-Term Rentals 
Are rooms cleaned daily or only at the end of a guest stay? It is up to each hotel/rental property to determine a cleaning schedule. Most hotels offer daily room cleaning.
Will there be an in-room coffee maker available? Single-serve coffee makers may be provided with disposable cups, instead of glassware, coffee cups or multi-cup makers.
How are hotel elevators managed to accommodate physical distancing? Elevator capacity is limited to 4 individuals or a family at a time for any elevator that does not allow for 6-foot physical distance between riders. All riders are required to wear cloth face coverings.
Can I book an event (conference, wedding, meeting space)? 
No, gatherings are not permitted.
Can I book a VRBO / Airbnb? Yes, with members of your own household.

Professional Sports Without Live Audiences 
Will the sport be televised? Yes, but due to physical distancing, camera placements may be different than what we’ve seen before. 
How are athletes going to physically distance? Physical distancing should be practiced to the extent possible. During games, the area where players are seated off-field (e.g., bench, dugout, bullpen) will be reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Players, coaches and employees are discouraged from physical contact, including high-fives and hugs. During a game, equipment such as balls and bats should be cleaned and disinfected, to the extent that it is possible.
Will athletes have to wear masks while they play? 
No, but they should wear masks when not on the court or field.

Click here for a detailed list of what is open and what remains closed in LA County. To keep up with LA County’s recovery process, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.

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