Safer L.A.: Toolkits for Businesses

Throughout the response to the COVID-19 crisis, City, County and State governments have worked together to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of Angelenos and all Californians.

On July 13, the State of California — in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations — issued an order to close indoor gyms, fitness centers, places of worship, malls, hair salons and barbershops, as well as personal care services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage therapy locations.

After the State of California set minimum standards for local jurisdictions, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued safety protocols that are required for all businesses operating within the City of Los Angeles.

The County’s required protocols are available for download below. Businesses should follow these protocols and directives.

Additionally, the City of Los Angeles developed toolkits to support businesses that are allowed to open to operate safely or to help those that are closed prepare for when they are allowed to reopen.

Sample Signage for Businesses Operating

The below sample signage is available for businesses to print and post at their respective establishments, or model their own signage after. Communication to patrons and visitors will be key in setting expectations and helping to keep everyone safe. At a minimum, all businesses approved to resume operations should have signs reminding patrons to observe social distancing and face covering requirements.



Including textile manufacturing, transportation manufacturing, computer manufacturing. The City of Los Angeles has created a document to provide guidance for Los Angeles manufacturing businesses to prepare for and effectively manage the safety of employees and customers as they resume or expand operations in the context of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the manufacturing guidance document

RestaurantsRestaurants and bars

Restaurants are currently not allowed to offer in-door dining services. However, they are permitted to offer outdoor and alfresco services along with takeout.  Brewpubs, bars, brewery, and winery tasting rooms, and craft distilleries are to remain closed until allowed by the County Health Officer to resume modified or full operation. 

Download the restaurants and bars guidance document


In-person retail establishments are permitted to operate under restrictions. Certain retail operations, such as services in indoor shopping malls, are not permitted.

Download the in-store retail guidance document

Barbers and SalonsBarbershops and Hair Salons


Barbershops and salons are only permitted to provide services outdoors. Indoor services are currently prohibited. This toolkit is applicable to hair salons and barbershops. Other personal grooming services such as nail salons and spa services (e.g., massage, facials, waxing) are not permitted to open in Los Angeles. Please see the Close Contact Services guidance document for information on other personal grooming services.

Download the barbershops and hair salons guidance document


Close Contact ServicesClose Contact Services


Only close contact services that can be provided outdoors are currently permitted. However, indoor close contact services are not allowed. This toolkit is applicable to nail salons, tanning salons, esthetician, skincare, and cosmetology services; electrology, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings).

Download the close contact services guidance document


Houses of WorshipHouses of Worship


House of Worship may provide services outdoors. Indoor services are currently not allowed. This toolkit is applicable to churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other locations providing congregate religious services.

Download the houses of worship guidance document

Fitness CentersFitness Centers


Fitness establishments may conduct operations outdoors. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a canopy or other sun shelter but only as long as the sides are not closed and there is sufficient outdoor air movement. Outdoor pools may remain open. Indoor operations are not currently allowed. This toolkit is applicable to fitness centers including gyms, racquet clubs, sports clubs, fitness classes, studios, and other areas centers of physical recreation.

Download the fitness centers guidance document

Youth CampsYouth Camps

Youth Camps and Day Camps are now open, and must follow protocols spelled out in by the County Protocols.




Offices for non-essential sectors are not permitted to open at this time, per a statewide order issued by Governor Newsom. A list of essential sectors can be found here.

Download the offices guidance document

Cultural SpacesIndoor Cultural Spaces

Including museums and indoor historical sites, country clubs, gambling establishments, amusement (bowling alleys, arcades, movie theaters, and theme parks)

Download the indoor cultural spaces guidance document

Higher and Early EducationHigher Education

Including colleges and professional schools, technical and trade schools