L.A. County Roadmap to Recovery

Roadmap to Recovery

As recovery planning continues, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has issued a five-stage roadmap to recovery that describes a phased approach to relaxing select directives of the Safer at Home Order and a reopening process for certain business sectors.

On October 1, the Department of Public Health announced it will revise the Health Officer Order to allow for limited in-door operations at nail salons and shopping malls, outdoor operations for cardrooms, re-opening of outside playgrounds and the school waiver program for grades TK-2.    

The following sectors and program will be allowed to reopen on the following dates under the following restrictions:    

  • Nail Salons    - October 1     - Indoor services may resume at 25% capacity. Outdoor services should continue as much as possible.  
  • Schools (TK-2) Waiver Program -     Applications can be submitted on October 5  -     Limited to 30 schools per week.  
  • Cardrooms     - October 5      - Outdoor operations only.  Food and beverages may not be served at the tables.  
  • Indoor Shopping Malls -     October 7  -     Occupancy limited to 25% capacity; all food courts and all common areas remain closed.  
  • Outside Playgrounds     - At the discretion of cities and L.A. County Parks and Recreation -     Face coverings and physical distancing are required.

Public Health is consulting with County Counsel to determine the process and date for re-opening outdoor operations at breweries and wineries serving a meal. We anticipate this process will be completed in a week.    

On September 29, the Department of Public Health announced it will open the school waiver program for in-person instruction for grades TK-2.

The program will begin accepting applications in early October for 30 schools per week and prioritize the issuance of waivers to schools with higher percentages of students qualified for free/reduced meals.

Superintendents must submit school district waiver requests to re-open for approval by the local Health Officer. The decision to grant a waiver will be based on ensuring that schools are able to open in full adherence with the L.A. County school re-opening protocols. The process requires consultation with the California Department of Public Health prior to accepting or rejecting waiver applications. The application process will be available online at publichealth.lacounty.gov and will be launched in early October.

On September 2, Public Health, in consultation with the Board of Supervisors, revised the Health Officer Order to allow for limited, on-campus operation for schools in L.A. County, as well as limited in-door operations of Hair Salons and Barbershops.

K-12 may offer in-school services for small cohorts of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), students requiring instruction for English as a Second Language (ESL) or students needing assessments or specialized in-school services, as long as the school is able to fully implement the Health Officer’s re-opening protocols.

Hair salons and barbershops can re-open for indoor services at 25% occupancy provided they are in full compliance with the Health Officer’s protocols. The Order encourages these businesses to continue outdoor operations when possible, and to offer in-door operations for those services that cannot be provided outdoors. This Order is in effect beginning immediately.

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov .    

The best protection against COVID-19 continues to be to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing, and wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household. People who have underlying health conditions remain at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it will continue to be very important for the County’s vulnerable residents to stay at home as much as possible, to have groceries and medicine delivered, and to call their providers immediately if they have even mild symptoms.     

View an infographic of the Roadmap to Recovery at: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/RoadmapToRecovery.pdf 

View a PowerPoint presentation of the Roadmap to Recovery at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/RoadmapToRecovery-powerpoint.pdf

For up-to-date information on the various stages of re-opening L.A. County, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.