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New Guidance on Private Gatherings

On October 14, the Los Angeles County Department Public Health updated its Health Officer Order to align with new guidance from the state that allows private gatherings of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least six feet of physical distance, food is in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering is two hours or less.

Private gatherings with people from different households increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission, with the risk increasing the longer the gathering. Public Health recommends if you do gather with two other households, that you do so with the same households each time, to create a quasi-bubble that can reduce the risk of spreading the virus. It is very important that you do not attend any private gathering if you are experiencing symptoms of illness, have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been exposed or likely have been exposed to someone positive.

A household does not include group living situations such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities, residential care facilities, or commercial group living arrangements such as boarding houses, hotels, or motels.

Large public events and gatherings remain prohibited, even if held outdoors.

Read the Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised October 14, 2020) (PDF) 

Breweries and Wineries

As of October 7, breweries and wineries in Los Angeles County may operate outdoors and offer sit-down dining with a permitted caterer, restaurant, or food truck. Reservations and physical distancing measures are required. 

Indoor Shopping Malls

As of October 7, indoor shopping malls are allowed to reopen at 25% maximum occupancy; all food courts and all common areas remain closed per state guidelines.

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 

Card Rooms

As of October 5, cardrooms can reopen for outdoor gaming only; face coverings are to be worn at all times, unless patrons are in a designated outdoor dining area. Food and beverages may not be served at any gaming tables. Cardrooms should be in full compliance with the Health Officer Order and protocols before reopening.

Nail Salons

As of October 1, nail salons can reopen for indoor services, limited at 25% occupancy. Nail salons are encouraged to continue to offer services outdoors, where the air circulation is better and there is lower risk of disease transmission.

All operators of businesses that have recently been allowed to reopen are required to implement all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health protocols before reopening to ensure compliance and avoid citations, fines and possible closure. Protocols are available at

Outdoor Playgrounds

Outdoor playgrounds may reopen at the approval and discretion of cities and the County Parks and Recreation Department. All parents and children age 2 and older who use playgrounds in Los Angeles County must always wear a cloth face covering, there is no eating or drinking allowed at the playground, and parents are encouraged to monitor their children to ensure that they maintain a 6-foot physical distance from other children not in their households and that they take infection control procedures. Indoor playgrounds do remain closed. Exceptions are playgrounds located at childcare facilities.

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The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has reopened all playgrounds in compliance with Los Angeles County’s revised Health Officer Order. All 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

Due to a recent unrelated inspection of playground equipment by the City, some equipment will remain closed to the public until further notice so upgrades can be installed:

  • Swings for ages 5-12 years at Hesse Park, Ryan Park, Ladera Linda Park, and Eastview Park
  • Select playground structure elements, including slides and climbers at Hesse Park and Ladera Linda Park

A schedule for the remaining work is under development and will be shared as soon as it is available. The following equipment is open to the public:

  • Playground structures at Hesse Park, Ryan Park, Ladera Linda Park, and Eastview Park
  • Swings for ages 4 years and under at Eastview Park and Ryan Park 

If you have questions, please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 310-544-5260 or

Halloween Mask

Thinking of Halloween? The Department of Public Health Wants to Help You Plan for a Safe Celebration.

As fall begins, many families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season - beginning with Halloween. The  L.A. County Department of Public Health wants to help you take part in this holiday, while reducing your risk of developing COVID-19, and has 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.

Safer at Work and in the Community Order

Read the Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised October 14, 2020) (PDF)

Reopening Protocols

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