On Friday, April 10, 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) extended the “Safer at Home” order through Friday, May 15, 2020 (subject to further extension). The “Safer at Home” order continues the current prohibition of all public and private events and gatherings (of any size) as well as the closure of all non-essential businesses. For a list of essential versus non-essential businesses, please see the order at the link below.
Some of the new additions to the order include the following:
- All public and private gatherings and assemblies (irrespective of size) are prohibited through Friday, May 15, 2020 (subject to further extension);
- All non-essential businesses must remain closed throughout the “Safer at Home” period;
Individuals and Families
- The Order does not prohibit any individual or members of a singe household from engaging in outdoor activities, as an individual or household (jogging, walking, or biking).
- Individuals are permitted to leave their homes to shop at Essential Businesses (grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor/veterinarian visits, restaurants offering delivery, drive thru or carry out services, etc.) so long as all persons practice social distancing AND wear a cloth face covering while visiting Essential Businesses.
- By 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2020, all Essential Businesses must implement and notice Social Distancing (Physical Distancing) protocols.
- The protocols must be posted at or near the entrance of the facility and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees.
- A copy must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility.
- Social Distancing Protocols must explain the following:
- Limit the number of people who may enter the facility at any one time to ensure that people can maintain six (6) feet physical distance, except as required by the Essential Business. Family members or household contacts may stand or move together but must be separated from others by a physical distance of at least six (6) feet.
- Mark six (6) foot increments where lines may form.
- Provide disinfecting capabilities (hand sanitizer, soap and water, etc.) at or near entrances, and other appropriate high frequency interaction areas (cash registers).
- Post conspicuous signage at public entry points that instructs members of the public not to enter if they are experiencing signs/symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, etc.), and to maintain Social Distancing (Physical Distancing) from one another.
- Provide for the regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces, and disinfection of all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use. Essential Businesses are encouraged to also offer touch-less payment mechanisms, if feasible.
- Provide cloth face coverings to employees and contract workers whose duties require close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with other employees and/or the public.
- Require that members of the public who enter the facility wear a face covering during their time in the facility.
- Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, including guidance for cleaning and disinfecting the site. See guidance posted here.
- Must provide their employees and contract workers whose duties require contact with other employees and/or the public with a cloth face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.
To view the official Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) Health Order, click here.
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