Cities Begin Limiting In-Person Services Due to COVID Surge

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HERMOSA BEACH (CNS) - A trio of local cities were limiting in-person municipal services today in response to surging COVID-19 cases.  

Hermosa Beach announced Wednesday it will limit face-to-face services through Jan 10. In-person services will still be provided by the Hermosa Beach Police Department, Public Works Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and people can still visit outdoor areas like parks, playgrounds, restrooms and sports courts.  Residents can contact the city about services by visiting or by calling a number on the city's directory at  

If a service requires an in-person meeting, Hermosa Beach staff will arrange a meeting in front of City Hall.  

Neighboring Manhattan Beach announced Tuesday that its City Hall will be closed to members of the public without an appointment through Jan. 15 as a precaution against COVID-19. The lobbies of the police and fire departments will also be closed during that period.  

``The health and safety of our community and city employees remain our top priority,'' Manhattan Beach Mayor Hildy Stern said in a statement. ``As cases in Manhattan Beach have increased by approximately 10 times over the last few weeks, and the highly contagious Omicron variant has become more and more prevalent within our community, it is necessary to take actions to slow community transmission of the virus and protect city employees.''  

Officials said public safety and public works services will not be affected, and in-person recreation programs organized by the city will continue until further notice.  

Appointments at Manhattan Beach City Hall can be made at, but officials urge people to take advantage of city services provided online and over the phone.  

El Segundo also announced Tuesday that its City Hall and non-public safety facilities will close temporarily to the public until Jan. 10. Select services at City Hall and other facilities will be open, and people can make an appointment by calling 310-524-2300.

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