Huntington Beach

“Emergency” stays for now

ALTHOUGH vaccinations stopped the rise in new coronavirus cases, there’s been a resurgence of COVID-19 in recent weeks  (Shutterstock).

Just when it looked like the coronavirus was about to be consigned to the history books, COVID-19 has changed direction and staged a resurgence across the county, state, nation and globe.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council, the council voted 6-0 (with Councilmember Erik Peterson absent) to postpone adoption of a resolution ending the city’s emergency declaration in response to COVID-19.

The resolution was amended and will be considered again at the Sept. 7 meeting of the council.  Some area cities have ended their declarations, and then rescinded them in response to the change in public health conditions.

Emergency declarations allow government agencies the power to impose curfews in case of public disturbances and institute temporary health regulations. It also makes the eligible for state and federal assistance. The declaration was adopted on March 16, 2020.

Also on Tuesday, the council:

  • approved the establishment of an annual “Rockin’ Fig Day” to memorialize the life of local surfing legend Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti on the Saturday of the Surf City Days event. This year, that would mean Oct. 9. 2021.
  • approved the creation of a citizen’s Charter Review Commission for the update of city charter language.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the council will be Tuesday, Aug. 17.

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