On May 27, 2020, the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce shared a press release from the L.A. County Emergency Operations Joint Information Center.
L.A. COUNTY MOVES TOWARD SWEEPING NEW STANDARDS FOR SWIFT AND SAFE REOPENING, IN ALIGNMENT WITH STATE REGULATIONS
Faith services, in-store shopping and drive-in movies among activities now permitted.
In a major COVID-19 recovery milestone, Los Angeles County is moving toward new standards for a swift and safe reopening in alignment with the State of California guidelines. Among the activities now permitted under the change are faith-based services, in-store shopping at low-risk retail stores, drive-in movies and other recreational pursuits.
In aligning its Health Officer orders with the state’s California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap, the County emphasized its commitment to keeping residents “safer at work and safer in our communities.”
The updated Health Officer Order, to be issued today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, is part of a phased progression guiding the safe resumption of public life in Los Angeles County, including the recent reopening of beach bike paths and permission for car parades honoring graduates.
The change also sets the stage for the County to request a variance from the state to permit swifter reopening of some sectors.
(REVISED MAY 29, 2020) Examples of activities now permitted under the changes enacted today:
- Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
- All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.
- Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.
- Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.
- Educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning
- Onsite dining at restaurants with protocols
The Health Officer Order also provides guidelines for public protests. In-person protests are permitted as long as attendance is limited to 25% of the area’s maximum occupancy, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
The order emphasizes that physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings and other safety protocols must be observed as the recovery progresses.
The updated order allows people to take part in all permitted activities while continuing to practice physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering when in contact with others. Although these updates are being enacted today, Los Angeles County residents are still encouraged to remain in their residences as much as practical and limit close contact with others outside their household both indoor and outdoor.
Gatherings of people not from the same household are still prohibited, except for faith-based services and in-person protests.
Additionally, people 65 years old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain in their residences as much as possible. People in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise or obtain food or other necessities. Telework should continue as much as possible.
The County Public Health Department will continue to monitor COVID-19 data indicators closely and may, after consultation with the Board of Supervisors, adjust orders to reflect specific County needs.
Moving the County of Los Angeles Through Stage 2 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap
Ordered by Muntu Davis, MD, MPH | Health Officer, County of Los Angeles
Revised public health order issued: May 29, 2020
Every individual and business owner is urged to read the attached order from the LA County Department of Health thoroughly and understand non-compliance of noted modifications and practices related to COVID-19 are serious matters. If, as a business owner, you are uncertain of any of the criteria stated and reopening conditions, please consult your attorney.
L.A. County Emergency Operations Joint Information Center