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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. 

    When does the Order go into effect and how long will it last? 

    • The Order goes into effect immediately after midnight, starting at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2020. For a 24-hour period following the effective date above, employees and business owners will be exempt to allow 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. 


          The Order is currently set to expire on April 19, 2020. The duration can be either shortened or extended by the Mayor. We want 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 are appropriate. 


    What are essential activities and what businesses that will stay open? 


    The following essential activities will remain open: 

                    City/County government services: 

    • Police stations 

    • Fire stations 

    • Jails 

    • Courts 

    • Garbage/sanitation 

    • Public Transportation 

    • 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 operations, including: 

    • Hospitals 

    • Clinics 

    • Dentists 

    • Pharmacies 

    • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies 

    • Medical and scientific research 

    • Laboratories 

    • Healthcare suppliers 

    • 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: 

    • Restaurants offering take-out, delivery or drive-thru. No dine-in service. 

    • Grocery stores 

    • Water retailers 

    • Certified farmers’ markets 

    • Farm and produce stands 

    • Supermarkets 

    • Convenience stores 

    • Warehouse stores 

    • Food banks 

    • Convenience stores 

    • Pet supply 

    • Take-out from restaurants, drive-thru restaurants, and delivery from restaurants 

    •            Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing 

    •            Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence and homeless services agencies) 

    •            Gas service stations, auto supply, mobile auto repair operations, auto repair shops, bicycle repair shops and related facilities. 

    •            Hardware and building supply 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. 

    •            Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes. 

    •            Laundromats/laundry service 

    •            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. 

    •            Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home. 

    •            Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained. 

    •            Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking. 

    •            Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order. 

    •            Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children. 

    •            Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children. 

    •            Professional services, such as legal, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities. 

    •            Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities. 

    •            Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers) 

    •            Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the Order. 


    What about Government Employees? 

    This Order does not apply to employees of government agencies working within the course and scope of their public service employment.  Employees of the City of Los Angeles shall follow any current or future directives issued by the Mayor. 


    What about infrastructure and construction? 

    Individuals may leave their residences to provide any services or goods or perform any work necessary to the operations, maintenance and manufacturing of essential infrastructure, including without limitation: 


    • Construction of commercial and institutional buildings, and residential buildings and housing 

    • Airport operations, food supply, concessions, and construction 

    • Port operations and construction. 

    • Water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil extraction and refining. 

    • Roads, highways, public transportation and rail. 

    • Solid waste collection and removal. 

    • Flood control and watershed protection. 

    • Internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services). 

    • And manufacturing and distribution companies deemed essential to the supply chains of the above industries. 



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