L.A. County’s New Safer-At-Home Order Goes Into Effect Today

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The new order will ban public and private gatherings, in addition to reducing capacity for a number of businesses.

As of Monday, L.A. County will have further restrictions imposed as the numbers continue to soar. The new targeted stay-at-home-order prohibits all public and private gatherings —except for those that are constitutionally protected such as chruch services and protests—and restricts capacity for both essential and non-essential businesses. It will go into effect as of Monday until December 20 or longer depending on the numbers. It comes as Los Angeles County Public health reported 24 new deaths on Friday, and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19.

Essential businesses impacted include essential retail, non-essential retail and the outdoor operations of fitness centers, museums, zoos, aquariums, gardens, mini-golf, batting cages and go-kart racing.

However, beaches, trails, parks, golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball, skate parks, bike parks and community parks will remain open, but any gatherings with members outside of your household will be prohibited. Schools will be allowed to stay open if protocols are followed, but if more than 3 positive cases occur a 14 day closure is required.

Here are the details of the new order as outlined by the L.A. County Public Health Department:


  • All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited, except for faith based services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.

Capacity limits for businesses:

  • Essential retail – 35% maximum occupancy
  • Non-essential retail (includes indoor malls) – 20% maximum occupancy
  • Personal care services – 20% maximum occupancy
  • Libraries – 20% maximum occupancy
  • Fitness centers operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy
  • Museums galleries, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy
  • Mini-golf, batting cages, go-kart racing operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy

Outdoor recreation activities:

  • Beaches, trails, and parks remain open; gatherings at these sites with members outside your household are prohibited.
  • Golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball, archery ranges, skate parks, bike parks, and community gardens remain open for individuals or members of a single household. Pools that serve more than one household may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane.
  • Drive-in movies/events/car parades are permitted provided occupants in each car are members of one household.


  • All schools and day camps remain open adhering to re-opening protocols. K-12 Schools and Day Camps with an outbreak (3 cases or more over 14 days) should close for 14 days.

Closed non-essential businesses/activities:

  • Playgrounds (with the exception of playgrounds at childcare and schools)
  • Cardrooms

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