The Revised Order is effective 11:59PM (PST) on December 30, 2020 and 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.
Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code §120295; Los Angeles County Code § 11.02.080.)
SUMMARY OF THE TEMPORARY ORDER:
This Revised Temporary Targeted Safer At Home Order for Control of COVID-19: Tier 1 Substantial Surge Updated Response (Revised Temporary Order) is issued to temporarily replace both the most recently issued Temporary Order and Reopening Safer At Work And In The Community For Control of COVID-19 Order (Order) issued by the County of Los Angeles Health Officer (Health Officer). This Revised Temporary Order will be effective from 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time (PST)) on December 30, 2020 and 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.
This Revised Temporary Order has been updated and is issued as a response to the sustained and substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. This Revised Temporary Order has been revised to align and comply with the State’s December 3, 2020 Regional Stay At Home Order, as well as the Supplement to the Regional Stay At Home Order issued December 6, 2020. County Health Officer Orders may not be less restrictive than Orders issued by the State Public Health Officer.
The County is part of the Southern California Region (Region), which is defined as the counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Over the last seven (7) calendar days, the County of Los Angeles is averaging 14,614 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases per day. Between November 13, 2020-December 30, 2020, hospitalizations of confirmed COVID-19 patients have increased by 524% to 7,415. In addition, the adult ICU bed admissions in the Southern California Region rose. And, per the California Department of Public Health, there is no additional adult
Unit (ICU) bed capacity within the Region. Because of both the rapid continuing increases in new cases and test positivity rates within the County and the Region and the lag between case identification and hospitalizations, the Health Officer expects both the number of new cases and hospitalizations, including adult ICU admissions in the Region, to continue to increase.
Per the State Public Health Officer, current projections show that without additional intervention to slow the spread of COVID- 19, the number of available adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the State of California will be at capacity in mid-December. ICU beds are a critical resource for individuals who need the most advanced support and care and the ability to add additional ICU capacity is limited by the lack of available ICU nurses and physicians as a result of the nationwide surge in hospitalizations and ICU admissions.
Without additional public health interventions and widespread public adherence to the personal preventive actions to avoid being exposed to this virus and spreading it to others, the high levels and rate of rise in both cases and hospitalizations, if either continues, are at risk of overwhelming the ability of hospitals to deliver healthcare to people suffering from COVID-19 and from other illnesses requiring hospital care.
This Revised Temporary Order is issued to ensure that County of Los Angeles (County) residents remain in their residences except as necessary to conduct activities specifically permitted in this order, to limit close contact with others outside their household in both indoor and outdoor
spaces and to further reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 resulting from the unprecedented surge of new daily cases. This Revised Temporary Order is issued to reduce capacity at sites where non-household members interact. Limiting interactions among non-household members, especially in places where persons are in close proximity without a face covering or mask, is essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that all persons and businesses within in the County take personal responsibility and follow all restrictions and infection control precautions required by this Revised Temporary Order. Changes from the
previous Temporary Order are highlighted.
This Revised Temporary Order is effective within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction, defined as all cities and unincorporated areas within the County of Los Angeles, with the exception of the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena that must follow their respective City Health Officer orders and guidance. This Revised Temporary Order is effective 11:59PM December 30, 2020 and 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.
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040, 101085, AND 120175, THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES HEALTH OFFICER ORDERS:
- This Revised Temporary Order replaces both the most recently issued Temporary Order and Reopening Safer At Work And In The Community For Control of COVID-19 Order (Order) issued by the County of Los Angeles Health Officer (Health Officer). That Order is suspended until the expiration of this Revised Temporary Order. This Revised Temporary Order is issued to slow the current high rates of COVID-19 community transmission and hospitalizations within the County. The Health Officer will continue to assess COVID-19 indicators within the County and the effectiveness of this Revised Temporary Order on an ongoing basis and
determine, after consultation with the Board of Supervisors, whether this Revised Temporary Order needs to be modified or extended if the public health risk associated with COVID-19 increases in the future.
- This Revised Temporary Order’s intent is to continue to ensure that County residents remain in their residences except as necessary to conduct activities as required by law or as specifically permitted in this order, 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 persons who can telework or work from home should continue to do so as much as possible during this pandemic. The public’s adherence to sustained Social (Physical) Distancing, consistent and correct use of face coverings/masks, and other infection control measures will slow the spread of COVID-19 and diminish its impact on the delivery of critical healthcare services. Failure to comply with any of the Revised Temporary Order’s provisions constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, and a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.
a) This Revised Temporary Order does not supersede any stricter limitation imposed by a local public entity within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction.
b) This Revised Temporary Order is consistent with the provisions in the Governor’s Executive Order N-60-20 and the State Public Health Officer’s May 7, 2020 Order, that local health jurisdictions may implement or continue more restrictive public health measures in the jurisdiction if the local health officer believes conditions in that jurisdiction warrant them. Where a conflict exists between this Order and any State public health order related to controlling the spread of COVID-19 during this
pandemic, the most restrictive provision controls, unless the County of Los Angeles is subject to a court order requiring it to act on, or enjoining it from enforcing, any part of this Revised Temporary Order.1
- All persons within the County Public Health Jurisdiction must stay home, except to travel to and from Essential Businesses, to work at or provide service to a Healthcare Operation or Essential Infrastructure, to work at, perform or obtain services from an Essential Governmental Function, to engage in Essential Activities, or to participate in permitted individual or
household activities, while practicing social distancing and using face coverings/masks as described below.
a) Nothing in this Revised Temporary Order prohibits persons living together as a single household in a household or living unit (“household”) from engaging in permitted activities together. For purposes of this Revised Temporary Order, a “household” shall not include institutional group living situations such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities, monasteries, convents, or residential care
facilities, nor does it include such commercial group living arrangements as boarding houses, hotels, or motels.2
b) 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 political expression, and as provided in Paragraph 9 of this Revised Temporary Order.
c) 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 Revised Temporary Order requires all persons wear a face covering or mask over both the nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence and are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private places, whether indoors or outdoors. This includes wearing a face covering or mask when patronizing a business. Wearing a face covering or mask reduces the risk of transmission to others from people who do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. Wearing a face covering or mask has also been shown to provide some protection for the wearer. The use of face coverings is commonly referred to as “source control.”
d) Persons and businesses within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction are required to follow the local COVID-19 infection control protocols and guidance provided by the County Department of Public Health. In instances where the County has not provided a specific guidance or protocol, specific guidance or protocols established by the State Public Health Officer shall control. All businesses must comply with the County Public Health Protocol applicable to that business sector.
i. In the event that an owner, manager, or operator of any business knows of three (3) or more cases of COVID-19 among their employees within a span of 14 days, the employer must report this outbreak to the Department of Public Health at (888) 397-3993 or (213) 240-7821 or online at www.redcap.link/covidreport.
ii. In the event that an owner, manager, or operator of any business is informed that one or more employees of the business has tested positive for, or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (case), the employer must have a protocol to require the case(s) to isolate themselves at home and require the immediate self-quarantine of all employees that had a workplace exposure to the case(s).
e) All permitted activities with individuals of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households must cease, between 10PM and 5AM (PST) except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of an Essential Business, Healthcare Operation, Essential Infrastructure, Essential Government Function, Places of Worship for faith-based services or as required by law. This Revised Temporary Order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness. Nothing in this Revised Temporary Order prevents any number of person from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted herein.
f) Except as provided in Appendix W, persons arriving in the County of Los Angeles from anywhere outside of the Southern California Region (Region) on or from nonessential travel, including returning County of Los Angeles residents, must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Such persons must stay at home or another place of temporary shelter and away from contact with others, including those in one’s household (unless they are also under quarantine), for a period of 10 days. Quarantine may end after Day 10 if the traveler(s) never had any symptoms and they continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after arrival. If such quarantined person develops symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, they must isolate themselves as required by the Health Officer’s Order for Isolation. For purposes of this Revised Temporary Order, non-essential travel is defined as travel or transportation that is conducted mainly for tourism, recreation, or visitation purposes.
- This Revised Temporary Order incorporates by reference the following provisions of the recently issued Reopening Safer At Work And In The Community For Control of COVID-19 Order issued by the County Health Officer on November 25, 2020: Paragraphs 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26, and Appendices A, B, B-1, C, D, E,
G, I, J, K, L, N, O, P, T1, T2, and U. To the extent that this Revised Temporary Order conflicts with any incorporated paragraphs or appendices, this Revised Temporary Order controls.
- The Health Officer orders the closure of the following businesses, recreational sites, commercial properties, and activities, where more frequent and prolonged person-to-person contacts are likely to occur:
a) Lounges and nightclubs;
b) Bars and craft distilleries that possess a valid low risk restaurant public health permit issued by the County of Los Angeles, and breweries and wineries for in-person onsite food and beverage service.
c) Public entertainment venues: movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert venues, theme parks, and festivals;
d) Family entertainment centers for all activities;
e) All restaurants, but only for indoor and outdoor in-person onsite dining until further notice;
f) Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities until further notice;
g) Indoor playgrounds; Outdoor playgrounds may remain open to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise following County Public Health Protocols for Playgrounds. Playgrounds located on schools that remain open for in-person instruction, and not accessible by the general public, may remain open and must follow County and State Protocols for Schools.
h) Museums, zoos and aquariums are closed to the public until further notice;
i) Hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas not located on a residential property;
j) Small water vessel charters and outdoor equipment rental;
k) Personal Care Services. Personal Care Establishments include hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, esthetic, skin care, waxing, electrology, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops, tanning salons and massage therapy (in nonhealthcare settings). Personal Care Services do not include medical massage that is done based on a referral by a physician or chiropractor.
l) All public and private events and gatherings, unless specifically allowed by this Order.
- All Essential Businesses, as defined in Paragraph 18 of the November 25, 2020 Reopening Safer at Work Order, unless specific modifications are required by this Revised Temporary Order, may remain open to the public and conduct normal business operations, provided that they implement and maintain the Social (Physical) Distancing Protocol. All Essential Businesses must comply with the applicable County Public Health Protocol(s) for its business sector. An Essential Business’ owner, manager, or operator must prepare and post a Social (Physical) Distancing Protocol and any other applicable County Public Health Protocol for each facility or office located within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction and must ensure that the Essential Business meets all other requirements of all applicable protocols and the Social (Physical) Distancing Protocol.
- Lower-Risk Businesses are businesses that are not specified in Paragraph 6 of this Revised Temporary Order, and not defined as an Essential Business in Paragraph 18 of the most recent Order. There are four categories of Lower-Risk Businesses: (1) retailers (“Lower-Risk Retail Businesses”), (2) manufacturing and logistics sector businesses that supply Lower-Risk Retail Businesses, (3) Non-Essential office-based businesses, and (4) Indoor Malls and Shopping
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