The City of Los Angeles is working to help Angelenos understand what guidelines and restrictions are in place in our city to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep our communities safe.
Current Safer at Home order
On December 6, the State’s Regional Stay Home order took effect due to our region’s intensive care unit (ICU) capacity dropping below 15 percent. This order will stay in effect for at least three weeks. Residents are asked to stay home as much as possible and not gather with anyone outside their household. The order limits capacity at retail establishments and makes other modifications to business operations to help slow the spread of the virus. In the City of L.A., Mayor Garcetti has issued a Safer at Home order that aligns with the State’s order and the County order.
Below you can find a current list of what activities and operations are currently allowed and not allowed in the City of L.A.
Assistance for Angelenos
Businesses can find toolkits to help local enterprises understand and implement L.A. County Public Health protocols as they apply to their specific sectors.
To find other resources to support families, workers, and businesses during this crisis, please visit our Resources page.
Businesses and Industries Allowed to Operate
The following listing features business and industries that may operate, or allow usual activity within indoor facilities or outdoor spaces. Public health measures, such as limited or staggered occupancy, handwashing, wearing masks and keeping six feet of distance from others not living in your household, should be practiced.
Health and Medical Care
- Clinics, hospitals, dental clinics, physical therapy and chiropractic offices, optometrists, mental or behavioral health providers, and other healthcare settings
- Animal daycare and boarding facilities, and veterinary clinics
Day Camps and Youth Camps
While a distanced use of indoor space is permitted, camps are encouraged to use outdoor spaces when weather permits. Youth camps and day camps must follow protocols spelled out in the county protocols. Any day camp with a COVID-19 outbreak (3 or more cases within a 14-day period) must close for 14 consecutive days.
County Department of Public Health protocols for Day Camps
Outdoor Spaces and Outdoor Activities Permitted
Gatherings at outdoor sites and outdoor activities are only permitted with members of your household.
- Beaches and piers
- Public trails (walking and hiking)
- Green space at parks, playgrounds, and play equipment
- Golf courses
- Tennis and pickleball courts
- Shooting and archery ranges
- Skate parks
- BMX areas and bike parks
- Community gardens
- Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation (including equipment rentals), but not for recreational overnight stays
- Drive-in movie theaters
- Horse riding/Equestrian
- Model airplane areas
- Public pools and pools in Multi-Unit Residential Housing (e.g., apartments, condominiums, and HOAs) may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane
- Vehicle-based parades
- Outdoor mini-golf, batting cages, go-kart racing
- Youth sports (conditioning and skill-building only)
County Department of Public Health protocols for:
Schools and Day Care
Schools and Day Care may be open for in-person learning and services under the following scenarios, provided they are in compliance with all employee and student safety and infection control protocols:
- Day care for school-aged children and/or child care programs located in schools
- Specialized services for defined subgroups of children who need in person services and supports
- On-site instruction of children in grades TK-2 by schools that have received a Department of Public Health waiver for in-person education
- Students may come on campus for supervised administration of college admission tests, including PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams
County Department of Public Health protocol for K-12 Schools
Businesses and Industries Allowed to Operate with Modifications
The following listing features businesses and industries that may operate using curbside pick-up, delivery, carryout, or outdoor service. Public health measures, such as wearing masks and keeping six feet of distance from others not living in your household, should be practiced.
In-person retail establishments are permitted to operate with limited occupancy. Non-essential retail establishments must close between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Special hours will be designated for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, food banks, convenience stores, wholesale clubs, and pharmacies
- Indoor and outdoor shopping malls must close between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Essential businesses with exterior entrances may remain open during those hours. Common areas and food courts remain closed.
- Retail stores, such as bookstores, jewelry stores, furniture stores, toy stores, and clothing stores
- Pet food stores
- Hardware, building, home appliance, and pool supply stores
Industry Guidance: Download the in-store retail toolkit
County Department of Public Health protocols for Retail
Hotels and lodgings are allowed to offer accommodation for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to produce homeless populations.
County Department of Public Health protocols for Hotels
Gyms and Fitness Centers (including those in multi-unit residential housing)
- Fitness establishments may conduct operations outdoors only at 50% maximum outdoor capacity. Indoor portions of fitness facilities are closed to the public.
- 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 and indoor pools that serve members from more than one household are closed, except that outdoor pools that offer regulated lap swimming (one swimmer per lane) may remain open and drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted indoors and outdoors. Must close for operations between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Face coverings are required except when entering or when in an outdoor pool or an outdoor shower.
Industry guidance: Download the Fitness Centers toolkit applicable to fitness centers including gyms, racquet clubs, sports clubs, fitness classes, studios, and other areas centers of physical recreation.
County Department of Public Health protocols for Gyms and Fitness Establishments
Houses of Worship, including weddings and funeral services
- Houses of worship, such as churches, mosques, temples and synagogues, may provide services outdoors. Indoor services are not currently allowed.
- Indoor operations at places of worship are closed to the public.
- Public activities, including services, weddings and funerals, may continue to be conducted on the grounds of places of worship in compliance with this revised protocol or virtually, using the site or other location as setting.
- Recorded and live-streaming of services without an audience are also allowed.
Industry guidance: Download the Houses of Worship toolkit applicable to churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other locations providing congregate religious services
County Department of Public Health protocol for Houses of Worship
Youth Play and Recreation
- Park Playgrounds and Play Equipment
- Youth sports leagues
Closed and Restricted Business or Industries
The following listing features businesses and industries that may not operate at this time. They may offer online experiences.
Personal Care and Close Contact Services
- Personal care services include but are not limited to, esthetician, skin care, and cosmetology services; non-medical electrology; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent make-up; piercing shops; massage therapy (non-healthcare); tanning services; nail salons
Industry guidance: Download the Close Contact Services toolkit for information on 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).
County Department of Public Health protocol for Personal Care Services
Museums and Attractions
A majority of cultural, entertainment and learning venues are closed.
The following spaces may not operate and are closed to the public:
- Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums
- Arcades, Bowling Alleys, and Movie Theaters
- Family Entertainment Centers
- Basketball and Volleyball Courts
- Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering, and Onsite Wagering at Racetracks
- Festivals and Theme/Amusement Parks (including Water Parks and Splash Pads in these Parks)
- Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, and Spa Pools (If not at a Residence)
- Live Performance Theaters and Concert Venues
- Lounges and Nightclubs
- Stadiums and Arenas
- Campgrounds and RV Parks for recreational overnight stays