Safer at Work and in the Community Order

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Thinking of Halloween? L.A. County Wants to Help You Plan for a Safe Celebration.

As fall approaches, many families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season -beginning with Halloween. L.A. County and the Department of Public Health want to help you take part in this holiday, while reducing your risk of developing COVID-19, and have prepared guidance to help make this year's Halloween celebrations as safe as can be. 
Ready to celebrate? Check out the Department of Public Health’s Halloween Guidance (PDF), which includes suggestions and recommendations for you, your friends, and family


L.A. County Announces Revised Health Officer Order and Reopening Protocols

On September 2, Los Angeles County announced a revised Health Officer Order (HOO) and reopening protocols for two sectors in the county. 

Read the Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised September 4, 2020) (PDF)

School Services

Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, K-12 schools may offer in-school services for small cohorts of (up to 12) students with:

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEP);
  • Requiring instruction for English as a Second Language;
  • Or needing assessments or specialized in-school services

As long as the school is able to fully implement the Health Officer's guidance and protocols and submits an operational plan. This change will get children who are in the most need of in-person learning back into their classrooms.

Read the Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools (PDF)

Read the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan in K-12 Schools (PDF)

L.A. County will not be opening the waiver program for instruction of students in grades TK-6 as we monitor the implementation of this effort to safely get students needing specialized in-school services back at school.


Hair Salons and Barbershops

In addition to limited in-school services, the HOO was revised to allow increased access to hair salons and barbershops. The L.A. County Department of Public Health will issue the Reopening Protocol for Hair Salons and Barbershops. Once reviewed, hair salons and barbershops can reopen for indoor services at 25% occupancy, provided they are in full compliance with the County's protocols - which includes physical distancing and face coverings for both employees and customers, among other requirements.

If your hair salon or barbershop has been operating outdoors, please continue to do so and use your 25% occupancy for those services you are not able to provide outdoors.

All other current restrictions remain unchanged at this time. As L.A. County slowly reopens sectors, we will watch closely how reopenings are impacting community transmission. We do not want to experience the significant spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths seen in July after re-openings and holidays.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Hair Salons and Barbershops (PDF)

State Revises Recovery Roadmap

On August 28, the state revised its recovery roadmap and created an updated Tier Framework that classifies each California County based on its daily case rate and positivity rate. L.A. County has been placed in Tier 1 (purple) based on our average daily case rate for the prior two weeks of 13.1 new cases per 100,000 residents. Tier 1 is characterized by widespread community transmission. Although the state revised slightly the list of permitted activities in Tier 1 to allow for the re-opening of both hair salons for indoor services and indoor shopping centers for permitted retail establishments, the County Health Officer Order has not been changed to permit these re-openings. As such, since county orders may be more restrictive than state guidance, all current restrictions remain in place until the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors have an opportunity to review the suggested guidance from the state and take actions that are appropriate for our county.

Department of Public Health Not Opening Waiver Process for Schools

On August 26, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that L.A. County’s 14-day COVID-19 case rate has decreased to 198 cases per 100,000 residents. Although this falls just below the state’s threshold for recommending that counties with case rates at (or above) 200 cases per 100,000 residents do not extend waivers for the reopening of classroom instruction for students in grades TK-6, L.A. County will not be opening the waiver process at this time. Read Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer’s full statement below:

“At this point, Public Health will not be opening up our waiver process for schools. We will be closely reviewing the guidance from the state and will be reviewing all the options with the Board (of Supervisors) to ensure that schools are able to open as safely as possible for all children and staff.”

Youth Sports

L.A. County Issues Protocol for Youth Sports

On August 4, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Reopening Protocol for Youth Sports Leagues (PDF). The protocol applies to:

  • recreational youth sports leagues
  • club sports
  • travel sports
  • and sports sponsored by private and public schools serving students in TK-12 schools

This protocol is not intended for adult sports leagues (including collegiate sports, or amateur adult sports), which must remain closed per the State Health Officer Order. Until further notice, all youth sports activities must also take place outdoors.

L.A. County Issues Reopening Protocols for Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Establishments Allowed to Offer Certain Services Outdoors

On July 21, the L.A. County Department of Public Health issued reopening protocols for hair salons, barbershops and personal care establishments in the county. The following are highlights from the protocols, which have been updated to reflect new state guidance:


Hair Salons and Barbershops - UPDATE 9/2/2020: Hair salons and barbershops can re-open for indoor services at 25% occupancy. See more information above.

  • Businesses must establish an outdoor reception area where customers can check in while still following physical distancing guidelines.
  • Services that cannot be performed safely outdoors (or that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment) are not permitted.
  • Outdoor shaded areas can be configured to block wind, but cannot be enclosed or partially enclosed on more than one side.
  • Businesses must comply with the Cal/OSHA standard for heat illness prevention for outdoor workers, including an effective heat illness prevention plan with written procedures on:

    • Access to water, shade, and cool down breaks; emergency procedures for heat illness cases; monitoring of employees who are acclimatizing during a heat wave; and training on heat illness prevention and symptoms
    • For resources (including Cal/OSHA FAQs, a webinar and a sample written plan), visit the Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention page.

personal services

Personal Care Establishments

  • All establishments operating outdoors should have Cal/OSHA standard heat illness prevention plans and written procedures, as moving work outdoors creates additional hazards including the possibility of heat illness.
  • Businesses offering electrology, tattooing, microblading and permanent makeup, and piercing services may not operate outside because they are invasive procedures that require a controlled hygienic environment to be performed safely.
  • Businesses must establish an outdoor reception area where customers can check in while still following physical distancing guidelines.
  • Businesses which offer pedicures outdoors shall be limited to portable tubs/bowls and must be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered liquid disinfectant that is labeled as a bactericide, fungicide and virucide (refer to manufacturer’s instruction on mixture). Disinfection should occur inside the nail salon and not in the temporary outdoor setting.


Temporary Special Use Permit for RPV Businesses

The Community Development Department has developed a Temporary Special Use Permit (TSUP) to assist Rancho Palos Verdes businesses with the opportunity to provide limited outdoor operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A TSUP will allow for outdoor operations on sidewalks and parking lots for: 

  • Restaurants
  • Fitness centers
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services, such as nail salons, massage, and tattoo parlors

A TSUP will be processed administratively without a filing fee, public notification, or appeal process that is typically required for a standard Special Use Permit. For a complete list of operational requirements and permit limitations, please see the TSUP application at For questions regarding the application or submittal requirements, please contact the Planning Division at 310-544-5228 or send an email to the Planning Division at

July 13

Gyms, Salons, Indoor Malls, Other Sectors Ordered Closed

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise here and across California, on July 14, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was modified to align with Governor Gavin Newsom’s directives to prevent more cases, more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations and more deaths.

The order requires the closure of additional indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult:

Bars, indoor dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities remain closed in L.A. County, and all events and gatherings are prohibited unless specifically allowed by the order.

Safer at Work and in the Community Order

Read the Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised September 2, 2020) (PDF)

Wondering what’s open in L.A. County?

Read the Examples of What’s Open in Los Angeles County Fact Sheet (PDF)

Reopening Protocols

For a complete list of L.A. County Department of Public Health reopening protocols, visit

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Health Officer Order’s Impact on Daily Life Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)