Health Officer Order

Los Angeles County's Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 Order is a Health Officer Order that 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. 

The Latest

In-Person Dining

On November 22, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced that because the five-day average of new cases increased to more than 4,000 cases, the Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars. The modified order will take effect Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m.

To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next 3 weeks.

If the five-day average of cases is 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, a Targeted Safer at Home Order will be issued for three weeks. The Order would offer additional restrictions while allowing essential and emergency workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes.

On November 19, the Health Officer Order was amended as outlined below to tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly.

Read the Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Order (as revised November 19, 2020) (PDF)

Establishments Indoor

  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, personal care services—occupancy is limited to 25% maximum capacity.

Restaurants

  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Cardrooms

  • The number customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages is limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.

Personal Care

  • 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.
  • Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.

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.

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 L.A. 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.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has reopened all playgrounds in compliance with L.A. County’s revised Health Officer Order. All visitors to City playgrounds must comply with posted guidelines that outline requirements from the California Department of Public Health. For more information, visit the Closure and Reopening Information page.

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.

FAQs

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.