LA Safer at Home Order
This has been a tough year for all of us for many reasons. It has tested our patience and ability to express kindness. But we must continue to be strong to protect the ones we love. The Governor and the County of LA Health Officials have expanded rules to reduce the risks of spreading the disease. Please help keep your family and our community safe. Together we can make a difference and save lives.
As new COVID-19 cases continue to rise at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continues to increase, a temporary Los Angeles County Health Officer Order has been issued to require additional safety measures across sectors. The temporary order will remain in effect through December 20, 2020.
The new temporary order aims to reduce the risk of transmission several ways, including by:
- Asking individuals to remain in their homes and with their immediate households as much as possible;
- Reducing mingling with others not in your household;
- Requiring everyone to wear a face covering whenever they are engaging in activities outside their homes where they are, or can be, in contact with others not in their households;
- Reducing capacity at sites where non-household members mingle to avoid crowding.
- Gatherings: All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited, except for faith based services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.
- Occupancy limits at various businesses; all individuals at these sites are required to wear face coverings and keep at least 6 feet of distance:
- Essential retail – 35% maximum occupancy
- Non-essential retail (includes indoor malls) – 20% maximum occupancy
- Personal care services – 20% maximum occupancy
- Libraries – 20% maximum occupancy
- Fitness centers operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy
- Museums galleries, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy
- Mini-golf, batting cages, go-kart racing operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy.
- Outdoor recreation activities all which require face coverings (except for swimming) and distancing:
- Beaches, trails, and parks remain open; gatherings at these sites with members outside your household are prohibited.
- Golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball, archery ranges, skate parks, bike parks, and community gardens remain open for individuals or members of a single household. Pools that serve more than one household may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane.
- Drive-in movies/events/car parades are permitted provided occupants in each car are members of one household.
- All schools and day camps remain open adhering to re-opening protocols. K-12 Schools and Day Camps with an outbreak (3 cases or more over 14 days) should close for 14 days.
- Closed non-essential businesses/activities:
- Playgrounds (with the exception of playgrounds at childcare and schools)
Because of the high rates of transmission in the community, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries remain closed for in-person dining and drinking, as customers are not wearing face coverings during their visit which results in an increased chance of transmission of the virus. Restaurants, wineries and breweries remain open for pick-up, delivery, and take-out. Breweries and wineries remain open for retail sales at 20% occupancy.
The order is in effect until December 20, 2020. You can visit covid19.lacounty.gov to learn how to stay safe.
Steven C. Bradford
CA State Senator, SD 35