Safer at Work and in the Community Order

Updates

Some Businesses to Close Indoor Operations, Including Restaurants

On July 1, county officials modified the Safer at Work and in the Community Order to align with new directives from Governor Gavin Newsom requiring the closure of:

  • Indoor, in-person dining at restaurants
  • Indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities

Read the revised Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised July 1, 2020) (PDF)

The Health Officer Order also requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine.

Bars remain closed and all events and gatherings unless specifically allowed by the order remain prohibited. Additionally, face coverings and gloves must be worn at fitness facilities at all times.

If your business is impacted by these closures and you have questions about moving your operations outdoors, please contact the RPV Community Development Department at 310-544-5228 or planning@rpvca.gov.

Bars Closed

Bars, Breweries, Brew Pubs, Pubs, Wineries and Tasting Rooms Ordered Closed

In accordance with a directive from the California Department of Public Health due to increased spread of COVID-19, on June 28, county officials amended the Safer at Work and in the Community Order to require that all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in Los Angeles County close unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants.

Read the Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised June 28, 2020) (PDF)

L.A. County remains in Phase 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

Everyone must always wear a face covering securely over your nose and mouth and keep six feet apart from others not in your household when out and about. Businesses must continue to follow public health directives. It is the collective responsibility shared by everyone, including businesses and residents, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of cases at healthcare facilities and save lives.

Nail Salons, Spas, Tattoo Shops Now Open

On June 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health modified the Safer at Work and in the Community Order to allow the following sectors to reopen with infection control and distancing requirements:

  • Nail salons
  • Cosmetology services
  • Spas offering aesthetic and massage services
  • Tattoo and piercing shops
  • Tanning salons
  • Casinos, card rooms and satellite wagering sites UPDATE: Ordered Closed on 7/1/20
  • Bar and wineries not anchored to food services UPDATE: Ordered Closed on 6/28/20

These businesses can open, in some cases at limited capacity, once they have the appropriate infection control and distancing requirements in place. In addition, protests and faith-based services held outdoors no longer have limits on how many people can participate.

At a Glance: Highlights of the Guidelines for Reopening

  • All employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Anyone feeling unwell should stay home.
  • Customers must wear a face covering at all times, unless exempted for a particular service.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained and capacity will be limited.
  • Waiting rooms will be limited or closed and amenities, such as magazines, will be removed.
  • Reservations are required for personal services.
  • Contactless forms of payments are encouraged.

Nail Services

  • Staff must wear a cloth face covering at all times. Staff may be required to wear a respirator, which is necessary when ventilation is insufficient to reduce exposure below permissible exposure limits established in state code.
  • For certain procedures workers may need to wear, in addition to their face covering, a face shield and gloves.
  • You may not receive multiple services, for example a manicure and a pedicure, at the same time.
  • Reservations are required.

Esthetician, Skin Care, Electrolysis and Cosmetology Services

  • Customers must wear face coverings at all times while in the facility, except when the face covering must be removed for the performance of services involving that part of the face.
  • In addition to face coverings, staff are required to wear a face shield when they are providing services that do not enable the client to wear a face covering. Staff should also wear disposable gloves throughout the entire esthetic service.

Massage Services

  • Staff must wash their hands before any services are provided.
  • Customers must wear face coverings during the entirety of the massage service.
  • Hand treatments will be provided as the last part of the service.

Tattoo and Piercing Services

  • Gloves are required throughout the tattoo and piercing sessions.
  • Mouth/nose area piercings and tattooing are suspended.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Personal Care Establishments (PDF)

Card rooms - UPDATE: Ordered Closed on 7/1/20

  • Occupancy is limited to 50%, and food and beverages are only allowed at restaurants and bars.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks with Onsite Wagering (PDF)

Bars and wineries - UPDATE: Ordered Closed on 6/28/20 

  • Bars and wineries may serve only alcohol and the establishment does not need to be affiliated with food services, as the previous order required.
  • Customers will not be able to order drinks at the bar or counter.
  • Capacity is limited to 50% and customers will need to be seated to order and consume beverages.
  • No entertainment is allowed.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Bars, Wineries and Brewery Tasting Rooms (PDF)

Gyms, Day Camps, Spectator-Free Professional Sports Now Open

On June 12, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a revised Health Officer Order with infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Professional sports without live audiences
  • Day camps
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
  • Music, film and television production
  • Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel

Gyms and fitness facilities

  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Gym-goers feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
  • Patrons are required to wear cloth face coverings and gloves the entire time they are at the facility. Patrons must be warned to only do exercises to the extent they can breathe comfortably while wearing a face covering over both their nose and mouth at all times. (Face masks or coverings with one-way valves are not permitted.)
  • Physical distancing must be maintained and equipment may be rearranged to allow for that.
  • Reservations for time at the gym are recommended as occupancy will be limited.
  • Equipment must be cleaned before and after each use with provided disinfecting wipes or the gym must provide “ready to clean” tags for staff to clean equipment after each use.
  • Personal trainers must maintain six feet of distance from their clients and wear a face covering.
  • Group training class sizes will be limited to ensure a minimum of six feet of physical distance between patrons. Group exercise classes can only be offered if distancing requirements can be maintained and there is no person-to-person physical contact.
  • High contact programs that require close contact less than six feet in distance are not allowed.
  • Pools at fitness facilities may reopen once employees properly clean and disinfect for use in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • Saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs remain closed.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Gyms and Fitness Establishments (PDF)

Day camps

  • Employees and campers will be screened for symptoms, including fever. Each camper’s temperature will be taken before camp begins. Campers feeling unwell should stay home.
  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Staff must wear cloth face coverings and campers are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings.
  • Outdoor activities are encouraged
  • Campers should bring their own meals, when possible.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Day Camps (PDF)

Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums UPDATE: Indoor Operations Ordered Closed on 7/1/20

  • Interactive exhibits will be closed.
  • Capacity will be limited.
  • Tours and live presentations in confined areas, such as an animal show, must only include members of the same household.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums (PDF)

Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation

  • Plan ahead. Make reservations and purchase permits, firewood, ice and other items online or by phone before arriving on site.
  • Be prepared to be as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. Bring everything you may need, including soap, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels/hand towels, and toilet paper. Bring your own sports equipment, towels, first aid supplies, and other items needed for outdoor recreation, whenever possible.
  • Visitors should bring plastic tablecloths for picnic tables that can be disposed of or taken back home for washing.
  • Set up your campsite or picnic areas with maximum distance from adjacent campsites and picnic sites that host people from different households.
  • Many programs and facilities will be canceled or closed, so visitors should check online resources for updated information about rule changes and closures to know what to expect upon arrival. Playgrounds and other common spaces will be closed.
  • Leave furniture, such as picnic tables and chairs, where they were found as park staff may have appropriately spaced these items to encourage physical distancing.
  • Pack up what you pack in to keep campsite staff safe.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Campgrounds, RV Parks and Cabin Rental Units (PDF)

Professional sports without live audiences

  • All staff will be required to wear masks, follow physical distancing guidelines and be screened for symptoms before work.
  • Athletes and staff must not have had signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days or close contact with anyone who is sick within 14 days of beginning group training.
  • Athletes must wear face coverings at all times other than while exercising.
  • Physical distancing should be practiced to the extent possible on the field/in-game play and in training, though guidelines may be adjusted subject to limitations of competition and the fundamentals of certain sports.
  • Broadcasters will have to practice physical distancing and camera placements will be different than pre-COVID-19.

Read the Protocol for Professional Sports Leagues and Facilities Opening for Training Sessions and Spectator-Free Events (PDF)

Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel)

  • Employees, including housekeeping, must wear face coverings and limit touching guests’ belongings.
  • Guests will be screened for symptoms. People experiencing symptoms will not be allowed an overnight stay. Guests who feel sick should not travel or stay in a hotel.
  • Stringent cleaning and laundry protocols will be in place to protect staff and guests.
  • Reusable materials in rooms, such as magazines, menus and local attraction details, will be removed.
  • Rooms should be left vacant 24 to 72 hours after a guest has departed for proper cleaning.
  • In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19, the guest’s room will be removed from service and quarantined. In the event of a positive case, the room should only be returned to service after undergoing a deep cleaning in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • Property managers, timeshare operators, and other rental unit owners and operators must only rent unoccupied units and cannot rent rooms or spaces within an occupied residence.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs will remain closed.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Hotels, Lodging and Short-Term Rentals (PDF)

Music Television, and Film Production

Read the Reopening Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production (PDF)

Schools and school-based programs

  • Students and staff should wear face coverings during all educational activities at school or on a bus.
  • Students and staff should engage in physical distancing at all times.
  • Schools will be taking the temperature of students and staff before they enter the campus.

Barbershops, Hair Salons, Now Open

On May 29, the State of California approved L.A. County’s request for a variance to state guidelines because the County has met the necessary public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy and community to begin serving residents.

Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in restaurants can resume with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

Key, specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops and in-person restaurant dining are below:

Barbershops and hair salons

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
  • Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
  • Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
  • Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
  • Stylists may only serve one client at a time.

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

In-person dining in restaurants - UPDATE: Ordered Closed on 7/1/20

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
  • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
  • Reservations will be encouraged.
  • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
  • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
  • Bar areas will be closed.
  • Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks.

Read the Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining (PDF)

View the Reopening Toolkit for Dine-in Restaurants (PDF)

Safer at Work and in the Community Order

Read the Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised July 1, 2020) (PDF)

Wondering what’s open in L.A. County?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Keeping L.A. County Safer at Home: Health Officer Order Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Reopening Protocols