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 L.A. order
As projections for local intensive care units continue to improve, California’s Department of Public Health lifted the Regional Stay Home Order on January 25. As the State returns to its Blueprint for a Safer Economy system, Los Angeles County remains in the “Widespread” purple risk tier. This designation, and revised County Order limit the opening of non-essential businesses, limit capacity on some essential businesses, such as retail, and make other modifications to business operations to help slow the spread of the virus. The City of L.A. issued an order that aligns with the State and the County.

Below you can find a current list of what activities and operations are currently allowed and not allowed in the County and 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 businesses 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.

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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

 


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Music, Films and TV Production

  • In person production of music, film or television content, subject to strict compliance with all applicable public health protocols.

County Department of Public Health protocols


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Manufacturing

  • Includes all manufacturers, including textile & garment, food processing, aerospace and defense and others.

Industry guidance: Download the Manufacturing toolkit

County Department of Public Health protocols


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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


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Outdoor Spaces and Outdoor Activities Permitted

Gatherings at outdoor sites and outdoor activities are only permitted with up to three households, with a total of no more than 15 people. Indoor restrooms may be available for use, but check onsite postings for cleanliness measures and follow public health protocols.

  • Beaches and piers
  • Public trails (walking and hiking)
  • Green space at parks, outdoor playgrounds, and outdoor 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

County Department of Public Health protocols for:

 


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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 support
  • On-site instruction of children in grades TK-6 by schools that have received a Department of Public Health waiver for in-person education
  • Students may visit campus for supervised administration of college admission tests, including PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams 

County Department of Public Health protocol for K-12 Schools


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Hotels

  • Hotels and motels are allowed for tourism and individual travel.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Hotels


 

Businesses and Industries Allowed to Operate with Modifications 

The following list features businesses and industries that may operate with limited or staggered occupancy and other restrictions. Public health measures, such as wearing masks and keeping six feet of distance from others not living in your household, are required.

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Retail

In-person retail establishments are permitted to operate with limited occupancy. 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
  • 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
  • Common areas and food courts remain closed

Industry Guidance: Download the in-store retail toolkit

County Department of Public Health protocols for Retail


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Restaurants and Cafés

Restaurants, cafés, and bars are currently not allowed to offer in-person, indoor dining services. However, they are permitted to offer outdoor dining at reduced capacity, takeout, delivery, and drive-thru. Breweries and winery tasting rooms, and craft distilleries are allowed to operate outdoors at reduced capacity.

Industry guidance: Download the Restaurants and Bars toolkit

County Department of Public Health protocols for Restaurants


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Libraries

  • Libraries may offer curbside pick-up or “to go” services

  • Libraries not on campuses or institutions of higher education can remain open at 20% of maximum indoor capacity.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Libraries


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Gyms and Fitness Centers (including those in multi-unit residential housing)

  • Fitness establishments may conduct operations outdoors at reduced 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. 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


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Personal Care and Close Contact Services, including Barbershops and Hair Salons

  • Personal care services are permitted to operate indoors at reduced capacity. Personal care services include but are not limited to, esthetician, skincare 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; hair salons and barbershops.

Industry guidance: Download the Close Contact Services toolkit and the Barbershops and Hair Salons toolkit for more information.

County Department of Public Health protocol for Personal Care Services


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Houses of Worship, including weddings and funeral services

  • Houses of worship, such as churches, mosques, temples and synagogues, are urged to provide remote or outdoor services, including drive-ins  following social distancing guidelines. Face coverings are required.
  • In-person, faith-based counseling services are available if there are 10 people or fewer and social distancing is practiced.
  • Public activities, including services, weddings and funerals, may continue to be conducted virtually or on the grounds of places of worship in compliance with the County protocol.
  • Recorded and live-streaming of services without an audience are also allowed.

County Department of Public Health protocol for Houses of Worship



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Recreation and Sports Leagues

  • Youth and adult sports leagues are permitted outdoors. 
  • Low-contact sports may resume for all activities, including by not limited to practices, skills-building, training and two-team competitions. For the list of low-contact sports, review the County's Department of Public Health protocols on their website; see link below.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Recreation and Sports Leagues


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Entertainment

  • Family entertainment centers are open for outdoor operations
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering, and onsite wagering at racetracks may be open for outdoor operations at 50% occupancy 
  • Miniature golf, go karts, batting cages outdoor operations at 50% occupancy

County Department of Public Health protocols for Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums

County Department of Public Health protocol for Cardrooms

County Department of Public Health protocol for Minigolf, Batting Cages and Go Kart Racing


 

Closed and Restricted Business or Industries

The following businesses and industries may not operate at this time. They may offer online experiences.

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Venues and Attractions

A majority of cultural, entertainment and learning venues are closed. The following spaces may not operate and are closed to the public:

  • Arcades, bowling alleys, and movie theaters
  • Basketball and volleyball courts
  • Festivals and theme/amusement parks (including water parks and splash pads in these parks)
  • Non-residential hot tubs, jacuzzis, and spa pools
  • Live performance theaters and concert venues
  • Lounges, smokers’ lounges (including ‘hookah’ lounges) and nightclubs
  • Stadiums and arenas
  • Campgrounds and RV parks for recreational overnight stays

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Bars and Craft Distilleries

All bars and craft distilleries that do not serve food are not currently allowed to operate. Those that do serve food may only provide takeaway or delivery.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Bars 


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Offices of Non-Essential Sectors

Non-essential office-based businesses may operate via telework and for minimum basic operations only. A list of essential sectors can be found here. For more information on LA County protocols for offices click here.

Industry guidance: Download the City of LA’s toolkit to foster safe practices at offices

County Department of Public Health protocol for Offices


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In-Person Higher Education Instruction

The following are currently closed for indoor learning unless it is for essential service classes (e.g., nursing): 

  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional schools
  • Technical schools
  • Trade schools

County Department of Public Health protocol for Higher Education