By Terry Tornek, Mayor of Pasadena
As you know, Pasadena, Los Angeles County and the state of California have all issued unprecedented anti-virus regulations — called “Safer at Home.”
These regulations ask everyone to stay at home and have closed most businesses. We have taken these draconian steps because our medical professionals told us that it is the only way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If we don’t slow it down, if the number of cases continues to double every few days, our medical system will be overwhelmed and more people will die.
These rules are in effect until April 19, but that will most likely be extended; perhaps for MONTHS. We just can’t be sure right now.
In spite of our best efforts, more people will be infected. If you don’t feel well, call your doctor — don’t go to the emergency room.
We need your cooperation if we are to succeed. Stay at home, go out only to shop for necessities and to get some exercise. Take a walk around the Rose Bowl, or Victory Park, but maintain a safe distance from other people.
Order takeout from a local restaurant to keep them in business.
Check on your neighbors, particularly seniors. That doesn’t mean you should go in for tea. Call them, stand on the porch and have a conversation through the door. But make contact somehow and help them if you can. Don’t be in any group over 10 people, even at home.
Many of you have sent suggestions and critical comments to me and to city staff, and you should continue to do so. Some may not be answered because of the volume, but they are all read. Please remember that we are all working hard at this, but we will make mistakes and conditions continue to change rapidly — so be a little tolerant.
We will continue to post information and updates on the city’s website at cityofpasadena.net, or you can call the city information number at (626) 744-7311 for answers.
One more thing. A semi-forgotten quality that we all should rediscover is PATIENCE. This crisis will not go away overnight, and the disruption to lives and commerce will be very serious. But it will end and we will come out the other side.
It will be better for all of us if we exercise a little patience and make a sincere effort to help each other.
We will do our best to keep you informed and keep you safe.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 744-4111. Communication is vital.