Los Angeles Issues A “Safer At Home” Order Thursday March 19 2020.
To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the County of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.
Residents of the County of Los Angeles are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.”
On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.
Safer At Home Emergency Order Goes Into Effect at 11:59pm Thursday March 19 2020
The Order is currently set to expire on April 19 2020.
The duration can be either shortened or extended by the Mayor.
LA County wants to be sure the Order is in place for only as long as necessary, and the Mayor, in coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will be closely monitoring the situation every day in order to determine what adjustments make sense.
This Order shall be exempt, for a 24-hour period following the effective date above, to allow employees and business owners to access to their workplaces to gather belongings, so long as social distancing requirements are followed.
Such workplaces shall remain closed to the public in accordance with this Order.
Residents Can Go Outside To…
Go to the grocery store
Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
Care or support a friend or family member
Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community.
Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
Help someone to get necessary supplies
Residents Should Not Go Outside to…
Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out, as possible
Travel to or from a job outside the City, unless to perform essential activities
Travel to or from a vacation home outside the City
Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility
Safer At Home Is A Mandatory Order
This is a legally enforceable order.
It is against the law to violate this Order, and you may be punished by a fine or imprisonment for doing so.
Safer At Home Emergency Order Is Happening Now
It is urgent that we slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Los Angeles.
The virus spreads easily, and this Order is intended to prevent the spread of this disease from overwhelming our healthcare system.
The goal here is to “flatten the curve” to slow down the spread of the virus and ensure we have adequate health care resources for those who get sick with COVID-19 and those who need emergency medical care for accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and other routine medical conditions.
Safer At Home vs. Social Distancing
Safer at home is a stricter form of social distancing. There are some differences.
Safer At Home Means
Stay home (stay unexposed)
Only go out for essential services
Stay six feet or more away from others
Don’t gather in groups
The other concepts from social distancing will continue to apply when you are out shopping or walking or going to the doctor.
These include washing hands, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting surfaces, not going out if sick, and staying at least six feet away from others at all times.
Essential Activities and What Businesses Will Stay Open
City/County government services:
Water, power, and gas utilities
Public works construction, including construction of housing
Airport and Port operations
Gas service stations, auto supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
Health care providers, including:
Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
Medical and scientific research
Home healthcare services providers
Veterinary care providers
Mental health providers
Physical therapists and chiropractors
Cannabis dispensaries, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services
Manufacturers and suppliers
Healthcare operations does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities
Food providers, including:
Certified farmers’ markets
Farm and produce stands
Take-out from restaurants, drive-thru restaurants, and delivery from restaurants
Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
Hardware stores and nurseries
Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities
Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies.
Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, (including gang prevention and intervention and domestic violence agencies).
Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services
Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities — for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible
Can this Order be changed?
If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.
Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you have deemed that you have an actual emergency.
For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any health care provider, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical and scientific research facilities, laboratories, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, veterinary care providers, mental health providers, physical therapists and chiropractors, cannabis dispensaries with medicinal permits, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services, manufacturers and suppliers.
Health care providers do not include exercise gyms and similar facilities.
Mail Services Continue
Food Delivery Services Continue
Allowed For Essential Travel
You should avoid being in a vehicle with many other people.
In circumstances under which such transportation is needed, you must practice social distancing, cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after rides.
Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers, like Uber and Lyft, providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes are expressly authorized in the “Safer at Home” Order.
Public Transportation (Bus/Subway/Train)
Allowed For Essential Travel
Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis.
When using public transit, maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
Non Essential Medical Care
All health care visits that are not cancelled or rescheduled should be done remotely.
Stocking Up on Food/Toilet Paper/Medicines
Do Not Stock Pile Food/Toilet Paper/Medicines
You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open.
Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do.
This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.
Caring For The Elderly and Disabled
You can care for the elderly and disabled.
Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
COVID-19 Virus Diagnosis and COVID-19 Virus Exposure
If you have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, you will need to be isolated to protect those around you.
If you were exposed to someone who was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, you should quarantine for the recommended time in order to not expose others if you happen to have the virus yourself.
Contact your healthcare provider if you have additional questions.
Visiting Loved Ones in Hospitals/Nursing Homes/Skilled Nursing /Residential Care
Visits Are Not Generally Allowed.
There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance.
For most other situations, the Order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities. If you need more information, please contact the facility directly by phone.
This is difficult, but necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients.
Childcare facilities may only operate if they comply with the conditions of this Order as they related to child care.
Among these conditions, children must be cared for in groups of 12 or fewer, groups of children may not mix with each other, and providers may not circulate between groups.
Non Profits That Provide Essential Services Can Remain Open
includes non-profit operating food pantries, providing housing and services for homeless residents, and many other critical services.
Returning to LA City
You should maintain social distancing on your way home, and then you will be subject to the limitations in this Order.
If you prefer to stay indoors at your current location, you are encouraged to follow this Order while outside the City of Los Angeles in order to protect yourself and others.
Leaving the City of Los Angeles
The Order requires that you stay in your place of residence.
Traveling runs the risk of spreading the virus to other areas and exposing new populations.
Do not travel.
As explained above, if you live outside of the City of Los Angeles, you are allowed to travel to and from work if your work is essential business, or if you need to travel to the City of Los Angeles, for another essential service like medical appointment.
Visitors/Tourists in City of Los Angeles
Staying in a Hotel/Staying with Friends & Family/Staying In A Short Term Rental
If you have a car and can return home via travel, you may do so if you are following social distancing protocols.
If you have a flight or other travel, you should check first with the carrier to see if they are still operating and what protocols they recommend.
You are strongly encouraged to shelter in place when you arrive at your destination to avoid infecting anyone else in your home community.
If you need to stay longer, coordinate with your accommodations as best you can.
Outside Exercise is Allowed if you are not in contact with People.
Fitness and Exercise Yyms and similar facilities will be closed.
Going to Buy Food
You can go to the store to buy Food/Drinks/Goods/Medical Supplies/Hardware Supplies/Banks/Laundry
When visiting these establishments, please help retailers maintain at least six feet minimum distance between patrons, including by providing ample space while shopping and waiting in line.
Social Distancing Guidelines
The best way to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
Stay home if you are sick.
Avoid touching your face.
Avoid groups (stay at least six feet away from others).
Reduce the time you are around others outside the home, even when at least six feet away.
Social Distancing is staying at least six (6) feet, which is appropriately two to three steps away, including if you are on the bus or train.
This is why it’s important to only take public transportation for essential activities–you want to help everyone be able to practice social distancing.
COVID-19 Information Pages Are Online
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