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.
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 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:
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
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.
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
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
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
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
- 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.
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