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Quality Inn COVID-19 Facility Moves Last Clients Out of Bell Gardens

Post Date:06/04/2020 7:27 PM

For immediate release           Press contact: City Manager Michael B. O’Kelly
June 4, 2020                             press@bellgardens.org
                                                   (562) 806-7702


Quality Inn COVID-19 Facility Moves Last Clients Out of Bell Gardens 

On June 4, 2020, the City was notified that the last clients at the Quality Inn COVID-19 medical sheltering facility were moved out of Bell Gardens.  When operations started in April, the City Council expressed serious concerns about the manner in which the facility was opened without the opportunity for public discussion and without specifics related to operational protocol.  The City Council took additional steps, including, assigning City Police to patrol the facility, informing the owner of the hotel that the operations were outside of the permitted use of the hotel, and filing multiple legal actions in Superior Court against the hotel owner. 

Over the last two months, staff has continued to monitor the operations at the facility.  Daily client counts have been provided by the facility to the Police Chief and communicated to the City Manager and City Council, Police patrol has continued to monitor, act, and report on any incidents, along with daily monitoring of the County’s Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Update report.

It is anticipated that the County will remain onsite for cleaning and operations shutdown procedures in the coming days. 

 Download the Press Release here:  Press Release - Quality Inn Moves Last Clients

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