Coronavirus
COVID-19 Updates

Los Angeles County:

  • Update on Variants in Los Angeles County (as of April 7): The Department of Public Health has identified one case of the South African variant, B.1.351, and three cases of the Brazilian P.1 variant, both variants of concern. The CDC classified the South African and Brazilian variants as variants of concern because they are potentially associated with increased transmissibility and reduced susceptibility to certain therapeutics. Although these are the first reported cases of the South African and Brazilian variant in the County, it is likely there are additional undetected/undiagnosed cases. 
    Among 70 specimens analyzed at the Public Health Laboratory this past week, 64% of the specimens analyzed were the UK variant of concern, B.1.1.7 and 20% were the California variant of concern identified as B.1.427 or 429. This means 84% of the variants identified this past week are variants of concern with the probability of increased transmissibility and more severe disease. Three cases of the New York variant were also detected this week, which is a variant of interest. There were no cases of the Brazilian P.2 variant identified this week.
  • Los Angeles County Travel Advisory and Guidance:
    • On April 5, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated their travel advisory:
      • All individuals should continue to avoid non-essential travel
      • Fully vaccinated persons are at lower risk and may travel taking public health precautions
        • If asymptomatic, no quarantine or testing is needed upon return
    • All non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated must:
      • Quarantine for 7 full days after travel if they get tested and get a negative COVID-19 viral test result from a specimen collected 3-5 days after their arrival
      • Quarantine for 10 full days after travel if they did not get tested with a COVID-19 viral test after their arrival
    • All travelers must:
      • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, and avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness
      • Isolate and should get tested if symptoms develop
    • To view the full travel advisory and guidance, visit the County’s website here.
  • On April 2, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order; it will take effect on April 5. Updates include:
    • Revisions reflecting the County’s move into the Orange Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy
    • New protocols for Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances, Amusement Parks and Theme Parks, and Bars with a low-risk public health food facility permit
    • Increased capacity limits while maintaining Physical Distancing and masking requirements for the following sectors: Restaurants, Breweries and Wineries, Cardrooms, Places of Worship, Family Entertainment Centers, Shopping Malls, Retail, Fitness Centers, Personal Care Establishments, Limited Services, Movie Theaters, Museums, and Institutes of Higher Education
  • As of March 30, Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
    • A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect on Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. to reflect newly permitted activities. This allows the County to follow the state guidelines and wait until three weeks are completed in the red tier to be sure that case numbers do not rise this third week since the County’s earlier re-openings. The Health Officer Order and modified directives for businesses will be posted on Friday, April 2, with an effective date of April 5.
    • On April 5, assuming County case numbers do not increase, the following changes will be made to the Health Officer Order:
      • Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted, and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
      • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.
      • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less with continued safety modifications.
      • Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables.
      • Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
      • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required unless swimming.
      • Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
      • Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.
      • Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
      • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75% with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 or a mask with a face shield.
      • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
      • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.

California:

  • Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Guidelines
    Updated March 25, 2021 to reflect:
    • Beginning April 1, 2021, individuals age 50-64 years old will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Beginning April 15, 2021, every Californian age 16 and older will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
    • COVID-19 vaccine clinic volunteers are eligible for vaccination if they complete at least one clinic shift and are approved by the clinic’s organizer.
    • Based on available supply, individuals described below are or will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines:
      • Phase 1A* (healthcare workers and LTC residents): 3,142,166 Californians
      • Phase 1B
        • Food/Agriculture***, Education/Childcare**, and Emergency Services***:  5,960,528 Californians
        • 65+: 6,254,300 Californians
      • Individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the severe health conditions included in this provider bulletin.
      • Beginning April 1, 2021, individuals age 50-64 years old will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
      • Beginning April 15, 2021, every Californian age 16 and older will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
      • COVID-19 vaccine clinic volunteers are eligible for vaccination if they complete at least one clinic shift and are approved by the clinic’s organizer.
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  • Blueprint Tier Framework Thresholds Upon Meeting Statewide Vaccine Equity Metric Goals


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    On March 5, the State announced updates to their Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In addition to assessing County case rates, positivity rates and positivity rates in neighborhoods with the lowest scores in the Healthy Places Index, the State is now taking into consideration the number of vaccinations that have been administered in the lowest resourced neighborhoods statewide. Unlike the other 3 metrics, vaccination numbers will be calculated statewide and used to change the case rate thresholds for counties to move from one tier to another.

    Goal #1: Once 2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state to the communities with the lowest score in the Healthy Places Index, the threshold to move from the purple tier to the red tier will go from 7 new cases per 100,000 people to 10 new cases per 100,000 people. To move to the orange tier, the threshold will remain at 4 cases per 100,000 people, and to move to the yellow tier, the threshold will remain at 1.

    Goal #2: Once 4 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state to the communities with the lowest score in the Healthy Places Index, the threshold to move from the purple tier to the red tier will remain at 10 per 100,000 people, but the threshold will change for moving to the orange tier, from 4 new cases per 100,0000 residents to 6 cases per 100,000 people, and to move to the yellow tier, the threshold will change from 1 new case per 100,000 residents to 2 cases per 100,000 people.


United States:

  • On April 2, the CDC updated their guidance related to travel for those who are fully vaccinated
    • Domestic Travel: 
      • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
      • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
        • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
        • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
      • Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
        • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
        • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
        • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
    • International Travel: 
      • Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.
      • CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.
      • If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine:
        • You should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after travel.
        • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
        • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • After You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated:
    • On March 8, the CDC released guidance for those who are fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated:
      • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or
      • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine
      • If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.
    • What’s Changed
      • If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
        • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
        • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
        • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
          • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
    • What Hasn’t Changed
      • For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:
        • You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
          • In public
          • Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household
          • Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk
          • You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
        • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendationsLos Angeles County’s Travel Advisory remains in effect.
        • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
        • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.
    • Learn more here.
Past Updates
LA County
  • On March 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order. The following changes took effect on March 20:
    • Breweries, Wineries and Craft Distilleries that do not provide a meal may open for outdoor service only with certain restrictions, including: 
      • All guests must have reservations;
      • Guests are limited to a 90-minute time limit for their visit;
      • Guests must be seated at tables before they place their order, and are not permitted to stand or congregate with others;
      • And hours are limited with service for on-site consumption closing by 8:00 pm.
    • Breweries, Wineries and Craft Distilleries that serve a bona fide meal can be open for indoor dining operations at 25% of indoor capacity and must follow the same modifications required of restaurants.
    • Clarity for certain types of businesses that serve the public but are not typical retail establishments, such as non-school learning centers, bank and credit union branches, check cashing services, tax preparation, auto repair, auto dealerships and dry cleaners. These types of limited services businesses are now permitted for indoor operations with modifications at 50% capacity.
    • For mental health, support groups and spiritual counseling, the number of in-person participants increases from 10 to 12 participants to make this type of support more accessible to those in the community. Public Health still encourages services to be provided remotely when at all possible.
    • For office-based worksites, businesses that must open indoors for essential operations that cannot be done remotely must also limit indoor capacity to 50% of maximum occupancy.
    • For youth and adult recreational sports, the County is aligning with State to allow for indoor sports to engage in indoor activities, including training, conditioning, contact practice and competition if they adhere to State requirements. 
      • Limiting any indoor sports activities to 10% of indoor occupancy; observers are not permitted for any youth or adult indoor sports activities, including competitions;
      • Regular testing of players, coaches and staff;
      • Development and implementation of a Return to Play Safety Plan and a Site-Specific Safety Plan. Plans must be filed with Public Health 14-days prior to indoor activity.
  • On March 12, the State announced 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people in the most under-resourced communities across the state which now allows Los Angeles County to move to the less restrictive red tier.

    The Health Officer Order has been updated and aligns closely with the State’s re-opening framework allowed in the red tier. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for certain sectors. 

    Effective Monday, March 15 at 12:01 a.m., the following are permitted:​

    • Museum, Zoos and Aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
    • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
    • Movie Theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
    • Retail and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
    • Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions: eight feet distancing between tables; one household per indoor table with a limit of six people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Public Health strongly recommends that all restaurant employees interacting with customers indoors are provided with additional masking protection (above the currently required face shield over face masks); this can be fit tested N95 masks, KN95 masks, or double masks, in addition to the required face shield. Public Health also strongly recommends that all employees working indoors are informed about and offered opportunities to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from three different households.
    • Indoor Shopping Malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
    • Institutes of Higher Education can re-open all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
    • Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
    • Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to three separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times.  People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing. 
  • On March 10, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated the Health Officer Order to include the CDC Interim Public Health Guidance for fully vaccinated people and visits or small private gatherings.
  • On February 20, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 14 total cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 (U.K. variant) in Los Angeles County. This variant is known to spread more easily and quickly than other variants and is circulating in the state and county. In January 2021, scientists from U.K. reported evidence that suggests the B.1.1.7 variant may be associated with an increased risk of death compared with other variants. More studies are needed to confirm this finding.
  • On February 18, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated the Health Officer Order to note that per the State Consolidated Framework and Guidance, when the County adjusted daily case rate has been less than 25 per 100,000 population for five consecutive days and the school has met all the state and county requirements for reopening, schools may open for in-person instruction for students in grades TK-6. Schools in California may not reopen for in-person instruction for grades 7-12 if the county is in Tier 1 (Purple, Widespread).
  • On February 10, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated the Health Officer Order. In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and the 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 the required modifications provided by Appendix A.
  • On February 3, Los Angeles County updated the Travel Advisory and Guidance. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during this pandemic. Please do NOT travel if you are sick. To read the full Travel Advisory and Guidance, click here. 
    • Non-Essential Travel
      1. Los Angeles County residents should continue to avoid all non-essential travel and stay within 120 miles from their place of residence, unless they are traveling for essential purposes. "Non-essential travel" includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. 
      2. All non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering the County of Los Angeles and need to self-quarantine. 
      3. All persons arriving in or returning to the County of Los Angeles from other states or countries, must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders solely for the purpose of essential travel.
    • Quarantine Requirements

      If you do travel into Los Angeles County from outside of California, you need to self-quarantine for 10 days after you arrive and must limit your interactions to people in your household/people with whom you live. If you travel into Los Angeles County solely for essential work purposes, you need to still self-quarantine outside of your work for 10 days and ensure you do not mix with others outside of those necessary to conduct your essential work.

    • People at high-risk of severe COVID-19 should be particularly careful about traveling, including:
      People who are older, smoke or are overweight
      Pregnant women
      People with certain medical conditions like diabetes, heart problems, COPD, cancer, weakened immune systems, and sickle cell disease.
  • On January 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a revised Health Officer Order to allow reopening of some additional businesses with updated protocols and to remove the closure of Lower-Risk Retail Businesses between 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Read the Health Officer Order here.

    Outdoor dining allowable with physical distancing and new infection control protocols in place

    • Employees that may come in contact with customers must wear both a face mask and a face shield at all times when interacting with customers and when in customer service areas.
    • Outdoor dining table seating must be limited to no more than 6 people per table, all of whom must be from the same household.
    • Outdoor tables must be repositioned or removed so that all tables are at least 8 feet apart.
    • Televisions or other screens that broadcast programming must remain off.
  • On January 25, the California Department of Public Health ended the Regional Stay Home Order across California. This action comes as the four-week ICU capacity projections are above 15%. Counties will return to their assigned Blueprint for a Safer Economy tiers. LA County is in the purple or widespread tier, the most restrictive tier. With the cancellation of the Regional Stay Home Order, the LA County Health Officer Order issued on Nov. 25 is now in effect until a new Health Officer Order is issued on Friday, allowing restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining with occupancy limits and masking requirements.
     
    Allowable starting, January 25, 2021
    • Private Gatherings: Limited to 3 households & total of 15 people outdoors only
    • Family Entertainment Centers: Open for outdoor operations (50%)
    • Museums, zoos and aquariums: Open for outdoor operations
    • Cardrooms: Open for outdoor operations (50%)
    • Miniature golf, go karts, batting cages: Open for outdoor operations (50%)
    • Outdoor recreational activity: Open
    • Hotel, motels: Tourism and individual travel allowed
    • Fitness facilities: Open for outdoor operations
    • Personal care: Open at 25% indoor capacity
    • Indoor malls, shopping centers, lower-risk retail: Open at 25% indoor capacity, food courts and common areas closed
    Allowable Starting January 29, 2021
    • Restaurants: Outdoor Only
  • On January 22, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported they are monitoring another variant known as the Denmark variant, or what experts have labeled as L452R. What is not known at this point is whether it is more transmissible, but there is concern about its mutations. This variant is in California and is beginning to show up in a lot more samples, according to one independent analysis.
  • On January 16, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that it confirmed the first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the United Kingdom (U.K.), in an individual who recently spent time in Los Angeles County.
    Although this is the first confirmed case of the U.K. variant in Los Angeles County, the Department of Public Health believes that it is already spreading in the community. Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.
    The variant B.1.1.7 spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. Currently, there is no evidence that it causes more severe illness or increased risk of death. This variant was first detected in September 2020 and is now highly prevalent in London and Southeast England. It has since been detected in numerous countries around the world, including the United States and Canada. The Centers for Disease Control conducts routine analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequence data to support public health response. The Department of Public Health lab is also regularly analyzing specimens for variants, including the U.K. variant, and, to date, has not identified other cases linked to this specific variant.
  • On December 30, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order to include a Mandatory Directive on Travel (Appendix W). Persons arriving in Los Angeles County from anywhere outside of the Southern California Region on or from non-essential travel, including returning Los Angeles County residents, must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Quarantine may end after Day 10 if travelers never had any symptoms and they continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after arrival. If they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, they must isolate as required. The Southern California Region is defined as the counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.  
  • On December 27, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order. It will remain in effect for as long as the State Public Health Officer’s Regional Stay at Home remains in effect in the Southern California Region.
  • On December 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order 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 masks 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. It is strongly recommended that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and the use of face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community.
  • On December 9, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order to fully align with the State Regional Stay at Home Order. The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations and requires 100% masking and physical distancing.  
    • Under the order, the following sectors are allowed to remain open with safety precautions: 
      • Critical infrastructure (when remote option is not possible)
      • Schools
      • Non-urgent medical and dental care
      • Child care and pre-K
    • The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
      • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
      • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, 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 access 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.
      • Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
      • Restaurants: Allow only for take out 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 activities only.
      • Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.
    • The following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):
      • Hair salons and barbershops
      • Personal care services
      • Museums, zoos and aquariums
      • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
      • Wineries, bars, breweries and distilleries
      • Family entertainment centers
      • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
      • Limited services
      • Live audience sports
      • Amusement parks
  • On December 6, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order to fully align with the State Regional Stay at Home Order. The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations and requires 100% masking and physical distancing.
    • The following sectors are required to close or remain closed for all operations: 
      • Amusement parks
      • Live audience sports
      • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
      • Family entertainment centers
      • Bars, breweries and distilleries
      • Wineries
      • Movie theaters
      • Museums, zoos and aquariums
      • Personal care services
      • Hair salons and barbershops
      • Indoor recreational facilities
      • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
    • 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.
      • 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
      • Childcare
  • On Saturday, November 28, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Temporary, Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19, effective from 12:01 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) November 30, 2020 to 11:59 p.m. (PST) December 20, 2020. 

    This Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19: Tier 1 Substantial Surge Response is issued to temporarily replace the most recently issued Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 Order issued by the County of Los Angeles Health Officer. Click here for a summary document of the changes. 

    This Temporary Order is issued as a response to the recent substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Over the last five calendar days, the County of Los Angeles is averaging more than 4,500 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases per day. Between November 13-27, 2020, hospitalizations of confirmed COVID-19 patients have increased by 101% to 1,893. The Health Officer expects both the number of new cases and hospitalizations to continue to rapidly increase over the next 21 days. Without rapid public health interventions, continued and substantial increases in both cases and hospitalizations will stress the health care system. This stress will limit the availability of Intensive Care Unit beds for non-COVID-19 hospitalizations.

    This Temporary Order’s intent is to continue to ensure that County residents remain in their residences as much as practicable, to limit close contact with others outside their household in both indoor and outdoor spaces and to further reduce the increased risk of community transmission of COVID-19 resulting from the unprecedented surge of new daily cases.

    All public and private gatherings and events with people from more than one household are not permitted except for outdoor faith-based services and outdoor protests.

    People leaving their residences must strictly comply with the Social (Physical) Distancing, as specified in guidance or protocols established by the County Department of Public Health. This Temporary Order requires all persons wear a face mask over both the nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence and are or can be in contact with non-household members in public or private places, both indoors and outdoors.

    The Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order is available by clicking here.

  • On Wednesday, November 25, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated its Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to better align with the State Public Health Officer's Order of November 19. The new Health Officer Order:
    • Align(s) this Order with the State Public Health Officer's November 19, 2020 "Limited Stay at Home Order," effective in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, requiring that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10:00 p.m. PST and 5:00 a.m. PST, except for those activities permitted in this order or required by law, which took effect on November 21, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. PST. This State "Limited Stay at Home Order" remains in effect until 5:00 a.m. PST on December 21, 2020 and may be extended or revised as needed.
    • Require(s) restaurants, breweries and wineries to only offer food and beverage via take-out, drive thru or delivery. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations. These limitations are effective November 25 through December 17, 2020.
    • You can read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On Thursday, November 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a revised "Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19" Health Officer Order. Effective as of November 20, the Health Officer Order has been updated to do the following:
    • Limit number of persons at private outdoor gatherings to 15 persons, all from a maximum of three different "households," which includes the host "household." Clarify steps someone should take to notify attendees and contact Public Health if they develop COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a private gathering.
    • Limit number of customers at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries to 50% of the establishment's outdoor capacity. Restaurants, breweries and wineries may not be open for in-person outdoor dining and wine services, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., but may continue to serve food for delivery, drive-thru and carry out during the time closed for in-person dining.
    • Limit number of customers at outdoor cardrooms, miniature golf, batting cages and go-kart racing to 50% of the establishment's outdoor capacity.
    • Limit the number of persons at indoor operations for retail, office and personal care to 25% capacity. Require face masks to be worn by customers at all times while at Personal Care Establishments.
    • Clarify that an essential business must comply with the Social (Physical) Distancing Protocol and all other applicable protocols for its business sector.
    • Specify the type of retail food markets that must comply with the new Protocols for Grocery Stores and Retail Food Markets.
    • You can read the revised Health Officer Order here.
  • On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that effective Friday, November 20, Los Angeles County will tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. These safeguards and restrictions protect the public health and safety of our residents, and their ability to be served in our hospitals. COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of November and hospitalizations have increased from an average of about 900 a day to well over 1,000 a day in same time period.
  • On October 23, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order to allow the following activities:
    • Permit batting cages, miniature golf and go-cart racing to operate outside only. Arcades and other indoor family entertainment operations remain closed.
    • Permit personal care establishments to offer services indoors with modifications.
    • Clarify permitted food services at indoor malls and shopping centers.
    • Increase the percentage of students with IEPs and Els, and other high-need students allowed at any one time on a K-12 campus from 10% to 25%.
    • Permit schools to reopen TK-2nd grades for classroom instruction only with a waiver application approved by the Department of Public Health.
    • Wineries that do not serve food may serve wine to customers outdoors with modifications. Bars and craft distilleries remain closed. Read more.
    • Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On October 14, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order to more closely align with California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission for Gatherings. The Health Officer Order allows private gatherings of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a face mask 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. The Los Angeles County Department of 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. Large public events and gatherings remain prohibited, even if held outdoors. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On October 6, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order to allow outdoor dining at non-restaurant breweries and wineries. Read the Health Officer Order here and view reopening chart.
  • On October 5, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order to allow the following sectors to reopen on the following dates under the following restrictions. Read the Health Officer Order here and view reopening chart. Public Health is consulting with County Counsel to determine the process and date for re-opening outdoor operations at breweries and wineries serving a meal.
  • On September 29, after a motion was approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will plan to open the school waiver program for in-person instruction for grades TK-2. The program will begin accepting applications in early October for 30 schools per week and prioritize the issuance of waivers to schools with higher percentages of students qualified for free/reduced meals. Superintendents must submit school district waiver requests to re-open for approval by the local Health Officer.
  • On September 2, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order to allow for limited, on-campus operation for schools as well as limited in-door operations of hair salons and barbershops. Read the Health Officer Order here.
    • Schools: Beginning Monday, September 14, schools K-12 may offer in-school services for small cohorts of (up to 12) students as long as the school is able to fully implement the Health Officer’s reopening protocols. These students include:
      • Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
      • Students requiring instruction for English as a Second Language (ESL) 
      • Students needing assessments or specialized in-school services
      • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will not be opening the waiver program for instruction of students in grades TK-6.
    • Hair Salons and Barbershops: Hair salons and barbershops can re-open for indoor services at 25% occupancy provided they are in full compliance with the Health Officer’s protocols. If your hair salon or barbershop has been operating outdoors, please continue to do so and use your 25% occupancy for those services you are not able to provide outdoors. 
  • On August 28, the State revised their recovery roadmap and created an updated, color-coded Tier Framework that classifies each county based on their daily case rate and positivity rate. This tiered system will guide possible sector reopenings for each county to consider. View the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Although the State lists permitted activities in each Tier, it is important to note that the County may be more restrictive than State guidance. The ultimate decisions about sector reopenings will remain under the purview of the local Health Officer Orders that are developed in consultation with the Board of Supervisors. 
  • Los Angeles County is currently in Tier 1 (Purple) - meaning that there continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in the county. The current number of new cases per day per 100,000 people is 13.1, nearly double the threshold for this tier which is less than 7 new cases per day per 100,000 population. And even though the County’s current test positivity rate of 5% puts us in Tier 2 (Red) for this metric, when the two metrics fall in different tiers the state places counties in the most restrictive tier. Therefore, the County, like most counties in California, has been placed in Tier 1.
  • On August 12, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a revised Health Officer Order to clarify when elementary schools may seek a waiver for in-person instruction for grades TK-6, update operations for childcare facilities to specify childcare be carried out in groups of 12 or fewer children, and align with new guidance for Institutes of Higher Education. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On July 18, to slow the spread of the COVID-19 and protect students, teachers and the school community, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order that adheres to California Department of Public Health’s directive that schools in Los Angeles County and 31 other counties on the State’s monitoring list, cannot resume in-person learning next month. Read the Health Officer Order here. 
  • The state order allows superintendents to submit school district waiver requests to re-open elementary schools for approval by the local health officer only after review of local epidemiological data and intervention strategies, and in consultation with CDPH. In order for schools to re-open their campuses, Los Angeles County will have to remain off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Counties are on the monitoring list because they have not achieved more than 150 tests per day per 100,000 people, or have more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, or have case positivity rates greater than 8%, or have a 10% or more increase in hospitalizations over the past 3 days compared to the prior three days, or less than 20% of ICU beds are open, or less than 25% of ventilators are available.
  • On July 14, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health modified the Health Officer Order to align with Governor Gavin Newsom’s directives to prevent more cases, more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations and more deaths. Read the Health Officer Order here. The Health Officer Order requires the closure of additional indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face masks difficult:
    • Gyms and Fitness Centers
    • Places of Worship
    • Indoor Protests
    • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov
    • Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors and tattoo parlors)
    • Hair Salons and Barbershops
    • Indoor Malls
  • On July 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order: Access to Diagnostic Testing through Healthcare Facilities. Healthcare facilities must provide diagnostic testing to symptomatic persons regardless of age, hospitalization status, co-morbidities or other risk factors for COVID-19 and persons with or without symptoms who were a close contact of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. The Health Officer Order is effective July 31. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On July 1, a revised Health Officer Order aligned with Governor Newsom’s directives and required the closure of the following for at least 21 days: indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities. The Health Officer Order also requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On June 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a Health Officer Order for the temporary closure of public beaches and prohibition of fireworks shows to prevent dangerous crowding over the Fourth of July weekend. Read the Health Officer Order here. All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach and beach access points will be temporarily closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on July 3 until 5 a.m. on July 6. Please note, surfing is not permitted.
  • •On June 28, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health amended the Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order in response to Governor Newsom's directive to require all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in the county to close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants. Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On June 18, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an updated Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to allow the following sectors to reopen as early as June 19: Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks with no spectators, personal care services including: esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent make-up; and piercing shops; and massage therapy, and bars, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms. Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On June 11, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an updated Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to allow music, film and television production, day camps, fitness facilities, museums, zoos, aquariums, professional sports without audiences, campgrounds, RV parks, outdoor recreation, and hotels for leisure travel to reopen. Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On May 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an updated Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to allow hair salons, barbershops and restaurants for in-person dining to reopen. Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On May 26, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order which allows the following activities to resume or reopen: faith-based services with capacity limited to less than 25% or maximum of 100 people (whichever is lower), office worksites, all indoor and outdoor retail at 50% capacity, flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters, pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit resident or part of a homeowners association, and public protests with attendance limited to 25% occupancy or a maximum of 100 attendees (whichever is lower). Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On May 22, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow for the reopening of beach bike paths and parking lots, indoor mall curbside service and select vehicle parades. Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On May 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow all retailers that are not located in an indoor mall or shopping center to reopen for pickup and delivery only. Manufacturing, warehouses and logistic businesses that supply retail can reopen. Beaches can reopen for active recreation in addition to select recreational facilities. Local jurisdictions may also close streets to allow for greater physical distancing. Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On May 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow the following non-essential business to reopen for curbside pick-up with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols: bookstores, clothing stores, florists, music stores, sporting goods stores, toy stores and car dealership showrooms (open for sales with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols). The following outdoor parks and recreational facilities can reopen provided all activities adhere to distancing and infection control protocols: golf courses (not including pro-shops or dine-in restaurants), trails, trailheads and parks. Read the Health Officer Order here.​
  • On April 24, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order to prevent COVID-19 transmission in licensed congregate health care facilities. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On April 10, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health extended the Safer at Home Order through May 15. The Health Officer Order continues to prohibit all indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings and events, and continues the closure of all indoor malls and shopping centers, all swap meets and flea markets, all indoor and outdoor playgrounds, beaches, trails and trailheads, and in-person operations of all non-essential businesses. Read the Health Officer Order here.
    • Also on April 10, it includes the following:
      • Essential businesses are required to provide face masks to all employees, to wear while performing duties which involve contact w/other employees and/or the public; 
      • Essential businesses are required to post their physical distancing plans; and
      • The public is required to wear a face mask to enter essential businesses
  • On March 27, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to include the temporary closure of public trails and trailheads, beaches, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On March 25, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued two new Health Officer Orders: Home Isolation and Home Quarantine. The Isolation Order states that all individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves in their home for a period of 7 days, and 3 days of being symptom-free. The Quarantine Order states that all household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers and close contacts who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 while that person was symptomatic must quarantine themselves for 14 days.
  • On March 21, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an enhanced Health Officer Order to reconcile elements in the March 19 Health Officer Order necessary to be consistent with the Governor’s Order. The enhanced Order prohibits all gatherings and events, and clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services (including hair and nail salons) are non-essential services that are closed. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On March 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Home order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Order further restricts and limits gatherings and requires the closure of malls, shopping centers, children's playgrounds and nonessential retail businesses. Essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals and pharmacies are open. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On March 16, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Health Officer Order to prohibit group events and gatherings, require social distancing measures and the closure of certain businesses, including bars, gyms, movie theaters and entertainment centers. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On March 9, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported it was investigating two additional cases of COVID-19. One case traveled through Japan. One case has an unidentified source of exposure, therefore LACDPH has determined this is the first possible case of community transmission in LA County.
  • On March 4, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Health declared a local and public health emergency in response to increased spread of coronavirus across the country and six additional cases in LA County. LACDPH stated that none of the new cases are from community spread, and all of these new cases were exposed to COVID-19 through close contacts. None of these cases were linked to the first case reported in LA County in January.
  • LA County officials recommend reviewing emergency supplies such as extra food, water and medications. For more emergency preparedness tips, visit ready.gov or bchd.org/emergency-preparedness.
California
  • On January 25, the California Department of Public Health ended the Regional Stay Home Order across California. This action comes as the four-week ICU capacity projections are above 15%. Counties will return to their assigned Blueprint for a Safer Economy tiers. LA County is in the purple or widespread tier, the most restrictive tier.
  • On January 6, 2021, California updated the Travel Advisory:

    Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence, or to other states or countries. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains will be introduced to California.

    All persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries, should self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this recommendation does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders for essential travel.

  • On December 5, the California Department of Public Health announced data on intensive care unit (ICU) capacity across the state. Two regions, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, have dropped below 15% capacity. ICU capacity in the 11 counties of the Southern California Region dropped to 12.5%. The Regional Stay at Home Order will take effect in those two regions at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 6, and will remain in effect for at least three weeks. Regions will be eligible to exit from the order and return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy on December 28 if ICU capacity projections for the following month are above or equal to 15%.
    Under the terms of the order, when ICU capacity drops below 15% in a region, a list of sectors must close by 11:59 p.m. the next day, including bars, breweries, distilleries, and wineries (except for production, manufacturing, and retail), hair salons and barbershops, and personal care services. In addition, a number of sectors in these regions, including restaurants, retail and shopping centers and hotels and lodging, will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing. Critical infrastructure, schools and non-urgent medical and dental care can remain open with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures.
  • California’s Regional Stay at Home Order: On December 3, California health officials announced the Regional Stay at Home Order that will be triggered if Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity drops below 15% in a given region. The order would prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. 
    The order takes effect at 12:59 p.m. on December 5. Thereafter, if a region falls below the 15% ICU threshold, it will have 24 hours to implement the Stay at Home Order. The order would remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. 
    State health officials are tracking the state by five regions: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. No regions currently meet this threshold, but some are projected to within the next week. The Southern California region includes the following counties: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura. Actual ICU capacity remaining as of December 3, 2020 for the Southern California region is 20.6%. 
    Read more here. 
  • On November 19, the State issued a Limited Stay at Home order, effective in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, requiring that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10 p.m. PST and 5 a.m. PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law. This order shall take effect on November 21, 2020, at 10 p.m. PST and remains in effect until 5 a.m. PST on December 21, 2020. Read the full order here. 
  • California Issues Travel Advisory: The state issued a travel advisory on Friday, November 13, in advance of the holiday season. As COVID-19 transmission is increasing in many states and countries, those arriving, or returning to California, from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. During this time, people should limit their interactions to their immediate household. All Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Read the travel advisory here.
  • On August 28, the State revised their recovery roadmap and created an updated, color-coded Tier Framework that classifies each county based on their daily case rate and positivity rate. This tiered system will guide possible sector reopenings for each county to consider. View the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Although the State lists permitted activities in each Tier, it is important to note that the County may be more restrictive than State guidance. The ultimate decisions about sector reopenings will remain under the purview of the local Health Officer Orders that are developed in consultation with the Board of Supervisors.
  • Los Angeles County is currently in Tier 1 (Purple) - meaning that there continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in the county. The current number of new cases per day per 100,000 people is 13.1, nearly double the threshold for this tier which is less than 7 new cases per day per 100,000 population. And even though the County’s current test positivity rate of 5% puts us in Tier 2 (Red) for this metric, when the two metrics fall in different tiers the state places counties in the most restrictive tier. Therefore, the County, like most counties in California, has been placed in Tier 1.
  • Starting June 18, Governor Gavin Newsom is requiring Californians to wear face masks in public. View the full guidance. 
  • On May 4, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will be prepared to move into the early phase of Stage 2 of reopening on Friday, May 8 based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators. Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications. Other Stage 2 sectors such as offices, dine-in restaurants and shopping malls will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. View the State Reopening Roadmap Report Card here.
  • On April 14, Governor Gavin Newsom outlined six critical indicators the state will consider before modifying the Stay at Home Order. Learn more about the six indicators here.
  • On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a Stay at Home Order for the state of California: All individuals living in the State of California are to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. More information here.
  • On March 15, Governor Gavin Newsom directed closure of California's bars, brewpubs, wineries and nightclubs, and called on people over 65 and others at higher risk of serious complications from exposure to the virus to stay at home.
  • On March 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials this evening issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines. Read more here.
United States
  • On March 16, the White House released Coronavirus Guidelines for America:
    • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school.
    • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household home. Do not go to work or school. Contact your medical provider.
    • If you are an older adult or person with a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people
    • Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible
    • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
    • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people
    • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts - use drive-thru, pick up or delivery options
    • Avoid nonessential travel and activities
    • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance
    • Continue to practice good hygiene
  • On January 31, the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency to aid the healthcare community in responding to the coronavirus.
  • The first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread was reported in the U.S. on January 30, 2020.