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  • To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the City of Lo 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. 

    What is COVID-19? 

    COVID-19 is a highly contagious new disease caused by a virus called coronavirus. Its symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath — and may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. 


    Residents of the City 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. 

    YOU CAN …  

    • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse 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 


    • 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 

    • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility 


    Is this order mandatory? What happens if I don’t comply? 

    Yes. 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. 

    Why is this happening now? 

    This Emergency Order is being issued now because 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.  

    What is the difference between “safer at home” and “social distancing”? 

    Safer at home is a stricter form of social distancing. There are some differences. Safer at home means: 

    • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others) 

    • 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. 

    For additional Frequently Asked Questions visit: https://corona-virus.la/faq