Health Officer Order
Los Angeles County's Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19 was put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect members of our community. The order:
- Allows many businesses and public sites to be open, as long as they follow guidelines to help prevent COVID-19.
- Requires adults and children who are two years of age and older to use cloth face coverings whenever they’re in contact with, or likely to be in contact with, people outside of their home unless they have been instructed by their medical provider not to wear one.
- Requires all residents to stay at home as much as practicable and to limit their contact with people who aren’t part of their household.
- Strongly recommends that persons who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 only leave their home for necessities.
L.A. County Issues Mandatory Directive on Travel
On December 30, 2020, the L.A. County Department of Public Health issued a Mandatory Directive on Travel requiring persons arriving in the county from anywhere outside of Southern California (including the counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura) to self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Read the Mandatory Directive on Travel (issued December 30, 2020) (PDF).
Temporary Health Officer Order Extended
On December 29, 2020, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced the extension of the Temporary Health Officer Order, which will remain in effect for as long as the state's Regional Stay Home Order remains in effect in the Southern California region.
Places of Worship Update
On December 19, 2020, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced that its Health Officer Order was modified to align with recent Supreme Court rulings for places of worship. Places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Places of worship must also assure that attendance does not exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of six feet between separate households.
On December 9, the State of California announced that outdoor playgrounds that were closed under the Regional Stay Home Order may reopen to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise. The L.A. County Department of Public Health revised its Health Officer Order accordingly. All playgrounds at Rancho Palos Verdes parks are now open to the public. Visitors to City playgrounds must comply with posted guidelines that outline the following requirements from the California Department of Public Health:
- Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
- Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
- Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
- Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
- No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
- Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present.
- Limit visit to 30 min per day when others are present.
Regional Stay Home Order Issued
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge and ICU capacity declines in L.A. County and across the Southern California Region, on December 6, 2020, the L.A. County Department of Public Health modified the Health Officer Order to align with the state Regional Stay Home Order to prevent crowding and mingling among non-household members and overwhelming our healthcare system.
The state announced a Regional Stay Home Order will go into effect and would remain in effect for at least three weeks in California regions where ICU capacity falls below 15%. The order went into effect in Southern California on December 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and was extended on December 29, 2020. Once the Southern California region's four-week projection shows an ICU capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted.
Because L.A. County is in the Southern California region, the Health Officer Order was modified to fully align with additional safety measures across sectors and the required effective date. The order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing. The state Regional Stay at Home Order is similar to the existing L.A. County Safer at Home Health Officer Order with additional sector closings.
The following sectors are required to close or remain closed for all operations:
- Indoor and playgrounds
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Movie theaters
- Bars, breweries, and distilleries
- Family entertainment centers
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering
- Limited services as defined by the state
- Live audience sports
- Amusement parks
The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays for recreational visits at campgrounds will not be permitted.
- Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores and all common areas closed. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
- Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
- Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
- Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only - (UPDATE 12-19-20: Places of worship may offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings).
- Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.
The order does not modify existing school guidance. Schools that are open under county protocols can continue to provide in-person instruction as permitted.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Critical infrastructure
- Non-urgent medical and dental care
Gatherings: All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited, except for faith based services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.
Outdoor Recreation Activities: All require face coverings (except for swimming) and distancing:
- Beaches, trails, and parks remain open; gatherings at these sites with members outside your household are prohibited.
- Golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball, archery ranges, skate parks, bike parks, and community gardens remain open for individuals or members of a single household. Pools that serve more than one household may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane.
- Drive-in movies/events/car parades are permitted provided occupants in each car are members of one household.
L.A. County Opens School Waiver Program
On October 5, the L.A. County Department of Public Health began accepting applications for school waivers for in-person instruction for grades TK-2. The program prioritizes the issuance of waivers to schools with higher percentages of students qualified for free/reduced meals. According to the California Department of Education, 7.9% of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified students qualified for free or reduced-price meals in the 2019-2020 school year.
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 is available publichealth.lacounty.gov.
All operators of businesses that have recently been allowed to reopen are required to implement all L.A. County Department of Public Health protocols before reopening to ensure compliance and avoid citations, fines and possible closure. Protocols are available at publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.
What's Open in L.A. County?
For a list of what is open and closed under the Health Officer Order, read the Examples of What’s Open in Los Angeles County fact sheet (PDF).
Reopening Protocols and Toolkits
For reopening protocols and toolkits for various sectors, visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.
For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Health Officer Order, read the Health Officer Order’s Impact on Daily Life FAQs fact sheet (PDF).
How to Report a Complaint
To report a complaint to the L.A. County Department of Public Health, call 888-700-9995 (M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or file a complaint online on the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.
- Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
- Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
- Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.