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Emergency Ordinance No. 2020-004 <br />Page 2 of 6 <br />WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33- <br />20, requiring all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place <br />of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical <br />infrastructure sectors ("Stay at Home Order"); <br />WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020 the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure <br />Security Agency issued guidance identifying 14 critical infrastructure sectors whose <br />workers provide services and functions that are essential to support a strong response to <br />the COVID-19 outbreak; <br />WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been detected in millions of people worldwide, <br />including, as of April 30, 2020, 97 cases in the City, and is primarily spread from person <br />to person; <br />WHEREAS, COVID-19 is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is <br />essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private <br />health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and <br />safety; <br />WHEREAS, this worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 is emerging and rapidly <br />evolving; <br />WHEREAS, since the declaration of the State of Emergency, issuance of the <br />Proclamation and issuance of the Stay at Home Order, owners of lodging units in the City <br />of Newport Beach have continued to rent lodging units for short durations; <br />WHEREAS, the rental of lodging units for a short term jeopardizes the health, <br />safety, and welfare of the public and residents of the City because: (a) there are over <br />1,500 lodging units in the City that have short term lodging permits; (b) the short term <br />lodging units, which have permits, are interwoven throughout the City's residential <br />districts; (c) the Stay at Home Order provides that "... all individuals living in the State of <br />California [are] to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain <br />continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure"; and (d) the continuous <br />turnover of persons occupying short term lodging units, which are interwoven throughout <br />the residential districts, has the potential to create a risk that COVID-19 will spread <br />throughout the City and beyond; <br />WHEREAS, Charter Section 412 provides that an ordinance necessary to <br />preserve the public peace, health or safety, may be introduced and adopted at one and <br />the same meeting if passed by at least five affirmative votes; <br />