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. 

Read the Targeted Safer at Home Order (as revised February 10, 2021) (PDF)

The Latest

On February 10, the L.A. County Department of Public Health updated its Health Officer Order to clarify that in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and subsequent change made by the state related to places of worship in Tier 1, places of worship can open for indoor services limited to 25% of indoor capacity and must continue to comply with required modifications.

Outdoor Dining

On January 29, the L.A. County Department of Public Health modified the Health Officer Order to closely align with the sector reopenings permitted in the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy most restrictive purple tier. Outdoor dining at restaurants, wineries, and breweries may reopen with additional safety measures in place to mitigate the increased risk since customers are permitted to spend time unmasked at these businesses. Indoor dining is not permitted. All employees that can come in contact with customers must wear both a face covering and a face shield at all times. Persons from different households are not allowed to share a table. All establishments must post signage to this effect and verbally inform customers that everyone sharing a table must be from the same household. Tables must be positioned at least 8 feet apart and televisions or other screens must be turned off. The order also removed operating hour restrictions for non-essential businesses.

These revisions to the Health Officer Order were made following the January 25 announcement that the State of California lifted the Regional Stay Home Order and moved all counties back into the Blueprint for a Safer Economy color-coded tiers.

In addition to the updates above for restaurants, breweries and wineries, the following is allowed under the revised Health Officer Order with adherence to all of the sector specific directives to ensure distancing, wearing of face coverings, and infection control:

  • Private gatherings outdoors up to 3 households and up to a total of 15 people
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
  • Cardrooms outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
  • Miniature golf, go karts, batting cages outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
  • Outdoor recreational activities are open
  • Hotels and motels for tourism and individual travel allowed
  • Fitness facilities open for outdoor operations
  • Personal care services open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Indoor mall, shopping center, lower-risk retail open at 25% indoor capacity; food courts and common areas closed

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.