As the number of COVID-19 cases surge in Los Angeles County, the city of Hermosa Beach Monday announced that it will continue to limit direct, in-person services until at least Jan. 31.

City officials, who had previously announced limitations on in-person services from Dec. 29 to Jan. 18 have extended those precautions through the end of the month because of the increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths caused by the highly infectious Omicron variant.

Hermosa Beach’s Police Department, Public Works Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department will continue to provide services in person. Outdoor areas including parks, playgrounds, restrooms and sports courts will continue to be open to the public.

The public can continue to attend Hermosa Beach City Council meetings in-person or participate online or via phone. Other city meetings will be conducted virtually.

Other city services will be available by phone or online, or through outdoor appointments in front of City Hall.

Several Los Angeles County cities — including the neighboring cities of Manhattan Beach and El Segundo — have also limited their in-person services to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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