This County of Los Angeles Health Officer Order (Order) amends and supersedes the Orders of the County of Los Angeles Health Officer (Health Officer) issued on March 16, and 19, 2020. This Revised Order is issued to comply with Executive Order N-33-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, wherein the State Public Health Officer ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. Further, this Order extends the closure of certain businesses required by the Health Officer's March 16, 2020 Order to April 19, 2020.
Due to the continued rapid spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, this Order prohibits all indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings and events. The Order specifically requires all businesses to cease in-person operations and close to the public, unless the business is defined as an Essential Business by this Order. This Order is effective immediately within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction, defined as all unincorporated areas and cities within the County of Los Angeles, with the exception of the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, on March 21, 2020 and continuing through April 19, 2020, subject to the terms and conditions set forth below.
For all Essential Businesses, the Health Officer orders those businesses to take the following infection control precautions:
(1) practice social distancing by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet, to the extent feasible;
(2) provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;
(3) post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough; and
(4) adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
This Order does not prohibit any individual or family from engaging in outdoor activities, as an individual, or family, such as: hiking, walking, biking, or shopping at Essential Businesses, including grocery stores and restaurants offering delivery, drive thru or carry out service, so long as all persons practice social distancing to the extent practicable. Further, this Health Officer Order requires all indoor malls and shopping centers, all swap meets and flea markets, all indoor and outdoor playgrounds and all non-essential businesses to close. This Order does not supersede any stricter limitation imposed by a local public entity.
The County Health Officer will continue to monitor the rate of COVID-19 disease spread, the severity of the resulting illnesses and deaths caused, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and the effect of this Order. If needed, this Order may be extended, expanded, or otherwise modified to protect the public’s health.
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