"Safer at Home" Order

Safer at Home

On March 19, county officials announced a "Safer at Home" Public Health Officer Order, which is now in effect. It requires all "non-essential" businesses to close, such as non-essential retail and indoor shopping malls, as well as playgrounds. This is in addition to the closures of bars, clubs, and dine-in restaurants already in effect. Gatherings of 10 or more people are strictly prohibited.

This does not mean that you cannot leave your home. You can take a walk, go to the pharmacy, and pick up groceries.

Examples of essential businesses that will NOT be closed under the "Safer At Home" order:

  • grocery stores, markets
  • restaurants that are doing take-out, delivery, or drive-thru service
  • convenience stores
  • pet supply stores
  • hardware stores
  • gas stations
  • laundromats
  • plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics
  • airlines, taxis, transportation providers

For a comprehensive list of essential businesses, read the full order (as revised March 21) at bit.ly/3aap7cg

Healthcare workers, government employees, transit workers, first responders, and other essential workers will remain on the job. The order is in effect until April 19, but may be extended at the discretion of public health officials.

Watch the "Safer at Home" Announcement at: https://www.facebook.com/countyofla/videos/620509455179535

The "Safer at Home" public health order enforces a simple fact during this crisis: you are safer at home. By staying at home as much as possible you are not only protecting your own health, you are making it safer for the people we are depending on (first responders, healthcare workers, grocery and restaurant workers) to continue working.

The following are OPEN:

  • Groceries, convenience and warehouse store, food banks, farmers markets
  • Pharmacies to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Restaurants for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Gas stations
  • Laundromat/laundry services

The following are CLOSED:

  • Golf courses
  • Grooming services (ex: nail and hair salons)
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Indoor malls and shopping centers (essential businesses may remain open)
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Movie theaters and entertainment venues
  • Bars, breweries, nightclubs
  • Convention Centers


Businesses that provide "critical infrastructure" do not have to close (ex: health care, public health, media, food and agriculture, emergency services, etc). Learn how "critical infrastructure" is defined at: https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors

Family/Friend Care

Residents can leave home to care for those in need, with precautions:

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distancing
  • Wash hands before and after all interactions
  • Use hand sanitizer if available
  • Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue; wash hands after
  • Those with early signs of illness should stay away from older people and those with compromised immune systems


All public and private gatherings are prohibited. This means, no playdates, group gatherings, sleepovers, dinner parties, etc.

Hospital/Health Care

Non-essential care (ex: teeth cleaning, elective procedures) must be postponed. Visits to hospitals and nursing homes are banned; limited exceptions include:

  • When patient is at the end of life
  • Accompanying a minor or developmentally disabled person
  • Accompanying someone who needs assistance


Copays/coinsurance and deductibles are waived for COVID-related testing/screening. Applies to all those with full-service Medi-Cal or commercial insurance in California.


Dogs can be taken for walks; sick pets can be taken to veterinarian offices.


Outside walks, runs, bike rides and hikes are allowed with social distancing measures. As a reminder, the City has closed all parks and the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

View the revised March 21 Public Health Officer Order at: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/COVID-19_March%2021-HOOrder-7_00_FINAL2.pdf

View the March 19 Governor Executive Order at: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf

County Beaches and Hiking Trails CLOSED

On March 27, county officials revised the “Safer at Home” Public Health Officer Order to close all public beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, public beach parking lots, bike paths on the beach, and beach access points countywide through at least April 19. The closures are due to recent dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases and increased usage of beaches and hiking trails by many groups of people. Persons may continue to use currently open and publicly available park space, not prohibited by the order, for passive recreational activities, but must practice social distancing.

Please note that parks, beaches and open space areas in Rancho Palos Verdes, including the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, are CLOSED. Deane Dana Friendship Park and the South Coast Botanic Garden are partially closed.

To read the order addendum, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/HOO_BeachesandTrails_3.27.20_FINAL.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

Unsure of what activities and services are essential under the "Safer at Home" Order? 

Read frequently asked questions compiled by the County of Los Angeles at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19/safer-at-home-faq/ and http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/FAQ-SaferatHomeOrder.pdf and by the City of Los Angeles at https://corona-virus.la/faq