Safer at Work and in the Community Order

State Variance ReopeningNow Open

On May 29, the State of California approved L.A. County’s request for a variance to state guidelines because the County has met the necessary public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy and community to begin serving residents.

Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in restaurants can resume with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

Read the Safer at Work and in the Community Order (revised May 29, 2020) (PDF)

This new phase of Los Angeles County’s reopening better aligns the County with neighboring counties, moving Southern California towards a regional recovery and supporting our service-oriented businesses, many of which are small and locally owned It’s a testament to the efforts of residents who adhered to the Safer At Home order, practiced physical distancing and wore cloth face coverings.

However, this step forward doesn’t mean the threat of COVID-19 is gone. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow public health guidelines in place.

If at any time, the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics return to unsafe numbers, the Department of Public Health can limit or close reopened sectors.

Key, specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops and in-person restaurant dining are below:

Barbershops and hair salons

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
  • Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
  • Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
  • Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
  • Stylists may only serve one client at a time.

Read the Reopening Protocol for Hair Salons and Barbershops (issued May 29, 2020) (PDF)

Personal grooming that is still closed, or prohibited, at this time:

  • Nail salons
  • Spa services, including massage, facials and waxing

In-person dining in restaurants

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
  • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
  • Reservations will be encouraged.
  • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
  • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
  • Bar areas will be closed.
  • Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks.

Read the Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining (issued May 29, 2020) (PDF)

Los Angeles County is under a Safer at Work and in the Community order and public and private gatherings of people outside of a single household unit are not permitted except for public protests and faith-based services, which are permitted to operate with limits on the number of participants.

Everyone must continue to follow physical distancing and infection control protocols and wear a cloth face covering when in contact with others not in your household.

Still closed are: 

The openings are part of a phased progression guiding the safe resumption of public life in L.A. County, including the resumption and reopenings that include: in-person faith-based services, in-store shopping at retail stores, bike paths, drive-in movies and other recreational pursuits. The L.A. County Department of Public Health will amend its Health Officer Order accordingly.

Safer at Work and in the Community

On May 26, county officials issued a new Health Officer Order allowing for the resumption of faith-based services, in-store shopping at low-risk retail stores, drive-in movies and other recreational activities.

The following are highlights from the Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Order, which emphasizes physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings and other safety protocols must be observed:

Faith-Based Organizations
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.

Indoor and Outdoor Retail Shopping Centers
All indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.

Flea Markets, Swap Meets and Drive-Ins
All flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may also resume operations.

Pools, Hot Tubs and Saunas
Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may also now open.

Public Protests
Individuals may participate in an in-person protest as long as attendance is limited to 25% of the area’s maximum occupancy, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.

County residents may take part in all-permitted activities while continuing to practice physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering when in contact with others. You are still encouraged to remain in your residences, as much as practical, and limit close contact with others outside your 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.

NOTE: Should COVID-19 data indicators warrant, L.A. County may adjust orders to reflect specific County needs.

Safer at Work and in the Community Order

Read the Safer at Work and in the Community Order (revised May 29, 2020) (PDF)

Wondering what’s open in L.A. County?

Read the Examples of What’s Open in Los Angeles County Fact Sheet (revised May 29, 2020) (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Keeping L.A. County Safer at Home: Health Officer Order Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Protocols

Read the Reopening Protocol for Hair Salons and Barbershops (issued May 29, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining (issued May 29, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Order (issued May 26, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for In-person Shopping (revised May 26, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Protocols for Office Worksites (revised May 26, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Protocols for Shopping Center Operators (revised May 26, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Protocol for Places of Worship (revised May 26, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Protocol for Vehicle Based Parades or Drive Thru Events (revised May 26, 2020) (PDF)

Read the Protocol for Social Distancing (as revised May 13, 2020) (PDF)

Face Coverings: What’s Required in L.A. County

Face coverings are required when leaving your home and around others outside your household, when using public transportation, and when unable to physically distance. For example, if you are out walking or running solo or with your family and are not around others, then a face covering is not required. However, if you come in contact with others outside your family and cannot physically distance, then a face covering is required. As a result, you must carry a face covering with you at all times.

*Exception: Children under the age of two and individuals with chronic respiratory conditions or other medical conditions that make use of a face-mask hazardous are exempt from this requirement.

Businesses also require customers to wear face coverings and have the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with the Health Officer Order.

Read the L.A. County Department of Public Health Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings (PDF)