COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH COVID-19

SAFER AT HOME ORDER FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19
Temporary Prohibition of Events and Gatherings of 10 Persons or More
Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Areas
Date Order Issued: March 19, 2020

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 ORDER: This Health Officer Order amends and supplements the Order of the County of Los Angeles Health Officer (Health Officer) issued on March 16, 2020, to control the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the County of Los Angeles. The purpose of
this Order is to further restrict and limit the gathering of persons and require the closure of malls, shopping centers, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses in an effort to stem or slow the spread of COVID-19 within the greater Los Angeles community.

Because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, this Order prohibits all indoor public and private gatherings and all outdoor public and private events within a confined space, where at least 10 people are expected to be in attendance at the same time. This Order applies within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction, beginning at 11:59 p.m. on March 19, 2020 and continues through April 19, 2020, subject to the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below.

For all gatherings that are not prohibited and for all Essential Businesses, the Health Officer orders those persons attending an event or gathering and the venues holding the event or gathering implement the following infection control precautions: (1) practice social distancing within the confined space by requiring attendees to be separated by six (6) feet, to the extent feasible; (2) provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol; (3) post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory
illness, including fever or cough; and (4) adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. As a point of clarity, this Order does not prohibit any individual or family from outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, shopping at Essential Businesses, include grocery stores and restaurants, so long as all persons practice social distancing to the extent practicable.

Further, this Health Officer Order, requires all indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds and non- essential businesses to close. This Order applies to all cities in Los Angeles County except the cities of Pasadena and Long Beach. This Order does not supersede any stricter limitation imposed by a local public entity.

The County Health Officer will continue to monitor the rate of COVID-19 disease spread, State and CDC recommendations, and the impact of the required measures, and as needed, may revisit, extend, expand, or otherwise modify this Order to protect the public’s health.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040,
101085, AND 120175, THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES HEALTH OFFICER ORDERS:

1. Effective 11:59 p.m. on March 19, 2020 and continuing through April 19, 2020, all public and private group events and gatherings, as defined below, of 10 or more people are prohibited anywhere within the Los Angeles County Public Health Jurisdiction.

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