The City Manager issued a Seventh Supplement to Public Order (revised "Safer at Home" order(PDF, 6MB)) that extends previously issued orders until May 15, 2020, except as noted below, and includes new public health protocols for all essential businesses. Among other things, the new order mirrors the revised orders issued by the City of Los Angeles yesterday. There are several important things you should know about the revised order.
New Public Health Protocols for Essential Businesses
All essential businesses (any business continuing any sort of in-person business operations, where employees interact with the public, or with each other, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants offering take-out and delivery, big box stores, banks, laundromats, construction, etc.) must adhere to new public health protocols including:
- Providing cloth face coverings to employees and contracted workers whose duties require close contact with other employees and/or the public;
- Requiring customers to wear cloth face coverings while visiting the business;
- Limiting the number of people who may enter into the facility at any one time to ensure that people in the facility can easily maintain, at all times, a minimum six (6) foot distance from others;
- Designating where lines may form at a facility, marking six (6) foot increments at a minimum, establishing where individuals should stand to maintain adequate social distancing;
- Providing hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of the facility and in other appropriate areas for use by the public and employees;
- Posting a sign in a conspicuous place at all public entries that instructs members of the public to not enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough, and to maintain social distancing from one another;
- Regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces, including and not limited to, all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use. Businesses engaged in essential activities and essential infrastructure are encouraged to offer touch-less payment mechanisms, if feasible;
- Adhering to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, including guidance for cleaning and disinfecting the site.
Businesses Must Complete and Post the Social Distancing Protocol Document by April 15
All essential businesses must complete the Social Distancing Protocol form provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The form must be completed, provided to each employee, and posted at or near the entrance to the facility so that it is easily viewable by the public and employees, by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Additional Essential Businesses and Business Activities Allowed
The revised “Safer at Home” public order updates and clarifies some essential businesses and businesses activities. Businesses that are considered essential and which may continue in-person operations include:
- Pet day care providers
- Stores that sell beer, wine, and liquor
- Pawn shops
- Individuals and businesses that ship, truck, transport, or provide logistical support to deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences, or businesses engaged in essential activities or essential infrastructure.
- Virtual real estate showings, or if a virtual showing is not feasible, by appointment in vacant units or vacant houses, only with no more than two visitors at a time residing in the same household and one individual showing the unit.
- Businesses that manufacture personal protective equipment (including cloth face coverings), and businesses that sell materials for purposes of assembling such face coverings (subject to certain qualifications).
- Public Health operations
Permitted Activities at Non-Essential Businesses
Businesses regarded as “non-essential” are permitted to conduct minimum basic operations including inventory, security, custodial services, payroll and employee benefits processing, and any reasonable activity designed to maximize the ability for employees to work remotely from their homes.
Revised Worker Protection Public Order
The City Manager’s public order also revises the Worker Protection public order(PDF, 6MB) issued on April 8, 2020 to bring that order into alignment with the new public health protocols described above.
Previous Orders Extended to May 15, 2020
The City Manager also extended to May 15, 2020, orders previously issued on March 16, March 20, April 1, April 2, April 7 and April 8. The Residential and Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratoria continue to remain in effect until May 31, 2020. The extension of the due date for the payment of business taxes still remains June 1, 2020.