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COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: September 21, 2020: The City of Signal Hill is under the jurisdiction of the L.A. County Department of Public Health and must follow all orders and guidance from County Public Health. Public health officials are asking everyone to follow health precautions that include wearing a face covering, avoiding close contact with people you don’t live with, and washing your hands frequently. Gatherings, parties and get-togethers that include people from multiple households are legally prohibited by Health Officer orders. Please limit close contact with people outside of your household, both indoor and outdoor. Remember to wear a mask or face covering when outside of the house.

This page is our official COVID-19 center for news and updates. The City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Hotline is also available at 562-989-7392 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll hear up-to-date information on L.A. County Public Health Officer orders, City-related impacts, and how to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.  

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September 8: Students at the American University of Health Sciences in Signal Hill gave a presentation on self-care during the pandemic at the September 8 City Council meeting. Their presentation includes facts on COVID-19, the physical and mental impacts of the pandemic, and how to care for children and the elderly during this difficult time. View the presentation here (PDF).

September 2: Effective this date, hair salons and barbershops can reopen at 25 % occupancy for indoor services as long as they have infection control safeguards in place and comply with the County’s Reopening Protocols for Hair Salons and Barbershops, which require physical distancing and face coverings for both employees and customers. As permitted by the state, hair salons and barbershops are encouraged to maintain as many operations outdoors as possible.  All other prior restrictions will remain at this time.

August 28: The State of California announced a new, tier-based program with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Each county or health jurisdiction in the state must meet specific measures based on indicators of community transmission, testing, and health equity. L.A. County is in the most restricted tier, Tier 1, or "widespread". Learn more.

August 25: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 update presentation to City Council. View the presentation here. (PDF)

August 12: The L.A. County Department of Public Health issued a revised Health Officer Order (PDF) with new guidance for higher education, child care facilities, and elementary schools. 

July 23: L.A. County Public Health is announcing a new tiered compliance and enforcement plan that will include citations and fines for businesses that continue to violate Health Officer Orders. Beginning at the end of August, fines will be issued to businesses that are non-compliant that can range from $100 for the first offense to $500 and a 30 day permit suspension for multiple offenses. This includes businesses licensed and permitted by the department and those that are not. Learn more here.

July 18: Long Beach United School District announced it will start the school year online-only on September 1, through at least October 5. Learn more from LBUSD here.

Cloth Face Coverings

Everyone in the state of California over the age of two is required by County and State law to wear a cloth face covering in public places and when outside of the home. Please review the June 17 state-wide order (PDF) and Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings (PDF) from L.A. County Public Health.

  • A cloth face covering is a material that covers the mouth and nose. Cloth face coverings may reduce your risk of infecting others. They are not a replacement for staying home as much as possible and washing your hands often. Children under 2 years old should not wear a cloth face covering. 
  • You do not have to buy a pre-made covering, you can make your own using basic household items and a variety of materials. Please see this video from the CDC showing you how to make a basic cloth covering. The CDC also posted step-by-step instructions on how to make a DIY cloth face covering.

L.A. County Economic Re-Opening and Business Information

Currently L.A. County is Before opening, businesses must adhere to sector-specific distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers and our most vulnerable residents. Employees and customers must continue to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when in public and inside a business. We strongly encourage you to review the specific requirements for each business before patronizing, as there will be significant changes to these operations.

What’s Open in L.A. County:

Los Angeles County is currently under Tier 1 (Widespread). Please see this chart (PDF) for what is currently open under Tier 1 (purple).

What’s Closed in L.A. County:

  • Indoor operations at nail salons, tanning salons, massage therapy, cosmetology/esthetician services, body art/tattoo parlors: Learn more (PDF)
  • Lounges and nightclubs
  • Indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities
  • Brewpubs, craft distilleries and breweries and wineries, that are exempt from the definition of a food facility by California Health and Safety Code Section 113789(c)(5), and do not hold a L.A. County health permit for preparing and serving food on site
  • Places of worship (indoor operations)
  • Public entertainment venues: movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert venues, theme parks, and festivals
  • Family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys, arcades, miniature golf, and batting cages
  • Indoor dining/operations at restaurants
  • Cardrooms, casinos, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities 
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds for children, except those located within a school or childcare center

Please note that this information applies to businesses within the City of Signal Hill and most of L.A. County. The City of Long Beach is served by its own health department and issues separate, but similar guidance and directives. Visit for updates from the City of Long Beach.

Resources for Individuals, Businesses and Families

Please see our COVID-19 Resources Page for information that may assist workers, businesses, families, and anyone who is facing challenges due to COVID-19. We’ve covered resources from food/essentials to finances to mental health. We’ve also listed ways you can help others during this difficult time. 

Social / Physical Distancing: Stay Six Feet Apart

Please stay six feet apart from other people while out in public. This will prevent the spread of COVID-19 through others’ respiratory droplets. Learn more about social distancing (PDF) from the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health. Many people are infected with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and could unknowingly spread the novel coronavirus. Physical distancing reduces the risk of transmission, and is required when you are out in public and around others who are not in your household. 

City of Signal Hill Information

City Hall and the Community Services Department are open by appointment only.  For more information on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit our Closures and Cancelations page. All City in-person events and in-person meetings are suspended until further notice.

Use Trusted Sources for COVID-19 Information

We encourage you to use trusted sources to stay up-to-date. We will keep this page updated with information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health, and the CDC. Please visit their websites directly for a wealth of information on COVID-19. You may also dial 2-1-1 for information and resources directly from L.A. County.  


According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. They include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficutly breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, and/or sore throat. If you do not feel well, especially if you have one of the above symptoms, please stay home, call your health care provider, and follow Home Isolation Instructions from County Public Health. 

Older adults, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical problems who experience any of these symptoms should call their health care provider immediately. If you do not have a primary health care provider, please call 2-1-1 to be connected with one. Explain your symptoms and concerns, and follow their guidance. If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 9-1-1, otherwise please call your doctor before going in to seek care. Learn more on the LACDPH Coronavirus FAQ page

Testing for COVID-19

COVID-19 testing is available in our area. If you have a primary care health provider, please check with their office to inquire about testing first.

  • L.A. County Public Health offers free tests for City of Signal Hill residents. An appointment is required, and testing is prioritized for those experiencing symptoms. Testing is also prioritized for at-risk individuals and front-line and essential workers. Learn more and make an appointment online. For answers to questions about testing in L.A. County, go to
  • City of Signal Hill residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can also get tested for free at COVID-19 testing sites in the City of Long Beach. Visit their website to learn more. Please note that Long Beach is reserving testing for individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Certain Long Beach locations are also testing essential workers who may have been exposed but are not showing symptoms.
  • Your health care provider can provide additional guidance on whether you should be tested for COVID-19. If you don’t have a health care provider, you can call L.A. County 2-1-1. You can also call the L.A. County Nurse Help Line at 844-804-0055, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

Staying Healthy and Slowing the Spread 

  • With the re-opening of the economy, more people will be leaving their homes. Therefore, it is even more important that older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions continue to stay home as much as possible. Please visit the CDC’s website to learn more about people who are at higher risk for severe illness. 
  • You must stay home if you are sick, even if you are only mildly ill. Don’t wait until you are really sick to stay home. Keep children home if they are sick. Do not travel if you are sick. There are other viruses out there, and even you’re not sick with COVID-19, you don’t want to spread additional illness.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. You should vigorously lather your hands with soap, away from the running water, for at least 20 seconds. When rinsing your hands, make sure the water runs into the sink, away from your hands. Dry your hands with a paper towel, clean towel, or hand dryer. See Proper Hand Washing Prevents Illness for more on hand-washing protocol.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when out of the home, when you are around others, in public places, and while patronizing businesses.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, eyes and face, especially if you have not recently washed your hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away immediately and then wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, then wash your hands.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, whether at home or at an essential workplace. Review this Guide to Environmental Infection Control (PDF) for more information on proper disinfection and cleaning.
  • Get immunized against the flu.

What I’ve Been Exposed? What if I Feel Sick?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and you test positive, or a doctor tells you you’re likely positive, you must follow the L.A. County Home Isolation Health Officer Order. This order legally requires anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for at least 10 days and be fever-free for 72 hours. 

If you think you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine for 14 days in compliance with the L.A. County Home Quarantine Health Officer Order. You are a "close contact" if you’ve come into contact with someone who is thought to have COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 between 48 hours before that person’s symptoms began and until that person is no longer required to be isolated.  


Please avoid non-essential travel. You can take public transportation or use ride-sharing services as long as you wear a face covering during your ride and at stops/stations where others are present. To the extent possible, you should maintain at least 6 feet of space from others.

There are currently federally-mandated restrictions and recommendations on certain international destinations. To learn more about international travel restrictions, and an updated list of countries that have travel restrictions, CDC has updated information for travelers here. 

Additional information:

Please review these trusted sources for the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19.

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