L.A. Issued A New Safer-At-Home Order—With Lots Of Exemptions

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On Wednesday, the City of Los Angeles issued an emergency safer-at-home order that went into effect immediately. The targeted order reflects L.A. County’s modified version that went into place on Monday, which bans most non-essential activities along with all public or private gatherings outside of immediate households. While some of the more restrictive measures that went into place in spring this year will be resumed, there are exemptions—a long list of them. These include in-store retail shopping, filming, personal care services, outdoor gyms, faith-based services and protests that comply with the current public health protocols.

“Our City is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death,” the new order reads. “These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our City mean that we must resume some of the more restrictive measures we instituted in the Spring.”

All City of Los Angeles residents are required to stay at home, except those “experiencing homelessness” which the city is currently working to resolve.

However, unlike previous restrictions, these will be enforced by law and failure to comply would result in fines or jail time,  according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The order also states that any kind of travel “on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit is prohibited, subject to the exceptions.”

These are the highlights of businesses, venues and activities that are exempt from the order provided that they comply with relevant health and safety requirements:

  • All health care services (including, but not limited to, cannabis dispensaries, hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies)
  • Food Retailers (including, but not limited to, convenience stores, food banks, farm and produce stands)
  • Other retailers (including, but not limited to, hardware stores, wineries, liquor stores)
  • Utility and repair services (water, gas, lights, electricity providers along with auto repair services and handyman services)
  • Agricultural and horticultural cultivation
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Mail and shipping services
  • Educational services (for the purposes of facilitating distance learning)
  • Restaurants and retail food facilities (offering delivery, pickup, takeout or drive-through services)
  • Airlines, taxis, ride-sharing services, car rental companies, and other private transportation services (for the sole purpose of providing transport necessary for essential services)
  • Home-based care
  • Childcare Facilities
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities
  • Places of worship
  • City Parks & Trails (that excludes playgrounds)
  • Outdoor pools that offer regulated lap swimming (one swimmer per lane)
  • Golf & Tennis
  • Beaches are open for individual, active recreation
  • Other outdoor recreation and cultural facilities (including outdoor museums, gardens, and equestrian centers)
  • Personal care/grooming services (with a maximum capacity of 20 percent)
  • Outdoor gyms (with a maximum capacity of 50 percent)
  • Libraries (with a maximum capacity of 20 percent)
  • Cleaning services
  • Music and Video Production

Additionally, the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remains in place.

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