Current Safer L.A. Order

The number of average daily cases has decreased across Los Angeles County. As a result, the County has received a new designation in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy system. L.A. County is now regarded as having a “Moderate” risk of COVID-19. Although conditions have improved from the previous risk tier, the “Moderate,” or orange tier, designation continues to modify indoor business operations and services, and limit indoor gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus. Review the County’s Order for updates. 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. For specific Los Angeles County industry protocols in multiple languages, please visit Los Angeles County’s Health Officer Order page.


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To find other resources to support families, workers, and businesses during this crisis, please visit our Resources page. Businesses can find toolkits to help local enterprises understand and implement L.A. County Public Health protocols as they apply to their specific sectors. 

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
  • In-person behavioral health (mental health and substance use) therapeutic and educational support groups, such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous or Patient Education groups, may return to typical participant levels with specified safety modifications

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Retail

In-person retail establishments are permitted to operate with modifications at limited occupancy, and masking is required at all times. Common areas remain closed, but food courts may be open with reduced capacity and adherence to restaurant guidance for indoor dining. Special hours may be designated for seniors and others with chronic conditions, or compromised immune systems.

Industry GuidanceDownload the in-store retail toolkit

County Department of Public Health protocols for Retail


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Places of Worship

Places of Worship may be open indoors at limited capacity with safety modifications. However, places of worship should engage in outdoor or remote faith-based services, given the significantly increased risk of community transmission of COVID-19 indoors, and must follow protocols for social distancing.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Social Distancing


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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 report to the County Department of Public Health.

Sleepaway camps may be eligible to reopen on June 1.

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.

Fully vaccinated people may conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask when alone, with members of their households, when with a small group of fully vaccinated people, or when with a small group of people who are not fully vaccinated and not at high-risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19. 

  • 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) 

  • Vehicle-based parades

County Department of Public Health protocols for:


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Libraries

Libraries may be open indoors with reduced indoor capacity. Entry screening for both employees and customers is required. Libraries may also continue to provide curbside or to-go services.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Libraries


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Schools and Day Care

All schools are permitted to reopen for all students in any grades TK – 12. 

Note that the State defines an open or reopened school as one that offers in-person instruction at least one day each week to all students in at least one of the grades served by the school. Schools that do not meet that criteria may be providing certain in-person services to a limited number of students, but do not meet the criteria of being open or having reopened for the purposes of this protocol.

County Department of Public Health protocol for TK-12 Schools


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In-Person Higher education Instruction 

Institutes of higher education may reopen all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.

County Department of Public Health protocol for Higher Education


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Hotels

Hotels and motels are allowed for tourism and individual travel.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Hotels


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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


Private Gatherings with Modifications are Permitted

Private gatherings that include more than three different households are prohibited. Private gatherings of three households or less are limited to a maximum of 15 people, including hosts and guests, and should be limited to two hours or less in duration. All attendees must follow the Social (Physical) Distancing Protocol requirements in compliance with Los Angeles County regulations and wear a face covering.

Private gatherings adhering to the requirements for attendees above, can be held:

  • Outside in public parks or other outdoor spaces

  • Indoors at a private residence with masking and physical distancing at all times and no eating or drinking. This is permitted, but strongly discouraged unless all attendees are fully vaccinated, or fully vaccinated people visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household that does not have any individuals who are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged, and must only be done when wearing a mask. People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions) who are not vaccinated are strongly urged to not attend any gatherings. Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms, or individuals who currently under isolation or quarantine orders must stay home.



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 regardless of an individuals’ vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated people must wear a mask during the following scenarios: 

  • At crowded outdoor events, such as live entertainment/performances, parades, or sporting events, among others

  • In crowded spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained and it is not known if everyone in the space is fully vaccinated

  • In indoor public settings, unless expressly permitted by LA County’s Order

  • At worksites and businesses

  • In any setting where masking is required by the facility operator or business or by the County’s Order or its associated protocols 

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Restaurants and Cafés

Restaurants, cafés and bars that serve food are allowed to offer indoor dining services at limited capacity under the following conditions: 

  • Eight feet distancing between tables

  • One household per table with a limit of six people

  • Restaurants may not host receptions, banquets, or other coordinated,organized or invited events or gatherings of any type; and entertainment operations are prohibited.

Outdoor dining is still permitted, with up to six people from three different households are allowed per table, and eateries may still offer takeout, delivery and drive-thru service.

Industry guidance: Download the Restaurants and Bars toolkit

County Department of Public Health protocols for Restaurants


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Bars, Wineries, and Distilleries

Bars, wineries and distilleries that do not serve food may be open outdoors with the following modifications: 

  • Masks are required except when patrons are drinking

  • Counter seating or service is not permitted, and drinking must occur while patrons are seated.

  • No more than six people from three different households are allowed per table.

  • Live entertainment is not permitted.

Breweries, wineries, and distilleries not serving food may also operate with reservations for indoor seating at limited capacity. Indoor operations are not permitted for bars not serving food. No more than six people from a single household will be allowed at indoor tables.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Bars 

County Department of Public Health protocols for Breweries, Wineries, and Craft Distilleries


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Offices of Non-Essential Sectors

Office-based businesses and workspaces may reopen for indoor operations with modifications. Telework is strongly encouraged for persons who are not yet fully vaccinated. Unless staff at office-based businesses are fully vaccinated, office-based businesses should limit indoor occupancy. 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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Gyms and Fitness Centers 

Fitness centers can operate indoors at limited capacity, and indoor pools can now re-open. Patrons are required to wear masks unless they are swimming.

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 services may operate at limited capacity with masks required. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear fitted N95s or masks with face shields.  

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; 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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Recreation and Sports Leagues

  • Youth and adult recreational sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.

  • Outdoor high-contact sports may resume for all activities, including, but is not limited to practices, skills-building, training and two-team competitions. Only low-contact sports may resume indoors. For the list of permitted outdoor high-contact sports and indoor low-contact sports, review the County’s Department of Public Health protocols on their website; see link below.

  • Public pools may open upon implementing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Protocols for Public Swimming Pools. Pools, hot tubs, and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a Homeowners’ Association may open upon implementing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Protocols for Reopening of Swimming Pools in Shared Residential Facilities.

County Department of Public Health protocols for Recreation and Sports Leagues


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Entertainment

  • Family entertainment centers may open indoors at limited capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required. Members of the public may only consume food or beverages in designated indoor or outdoor dining areas.

  • Indoor playgrounds and arcades are permitted to reopen with modifications

  • Movie theaters may be open at limited capacity. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
    Amusement and theme parks can reopen to the public at limited occupancy and time modifications for indoor and outdoor rides

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums may offer indoor operations at reduced occupancy
    Cardrooms, satellite wagering, and onsite wagering at racetracks may be open for indoor and outdoor operations with modifications. Masks are required, and food and beverages are not allowed at tables, which must be eight feet apart.

  • Miniature golf, go karts, batting cages outdoor operations at limited 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

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Public Entertainment Venues, Stadiums and Arenas

  • Outdoor seated live events can reopen to the public at very limited capacity with multiple required modifications.

  • Professional sports teams and franchises may conduct operations and competitions with live audiences. 

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


Closed and Restricted

The following spaces are closed to the public:

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  • Indoor basketball and volleyball courts
  • Hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas not located on a residential property
  • Lounges, smokers’ lounges (including ‘hookah’ lounges) and nightclubs