MALIBU, CA — The city of Malibu extended their closure of city hall through Feb. 11 amid high rates of COVID-19 cases in the county.
The city initially closed city hall on Jan. 5 and expected to reopen the facility by Friday. In-person services will be delayed through Feb. 11, though city personnel continue to work remotely, the city said in a news release.
The decision comes as the omicron variant continues to cause a major spike in COVID-19 across Los Angeles County. The city of Malibu had 1,823 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 125 more than just a week before, according data from the Los Angeles County public health department.
Although recent days have indicated the outbreak may be slowing, hospitalization rates in the county remain high and death rates are increasing, according to the department.
“The COVID-19 rates surge and fall, and our public safety responses must move appropriately with it," Mayor Paul Grisanti said in a news release. “The temporary closure of City Hall to visitors is meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the community, especially seniors and other high-risk people, and to allow City staff to safely continue to provide essential City services.”
City authorities will continue to reassess the closure daily, the city said.