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LA County Begins a Limited Re-Opening of Businesses After November Shutdown

As the COVID-19 rate begins to flatten and ICU capacity grows, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on January 25 that he would remove the State's Stay-At-Home Order.

This moves the state back to its color-tiered closure system and relies on Counties to set their own restrictions.

It also returns us to Governor Newsom's California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which puts LA County in the Purple tier of recovery - the most restrictive tier.

Nonetheless, it enables LA to begin limited re-openings, such as to outdoor dining, which LA County Board Chair Hilda Solis confirmed will reopen on Friday, January 29.

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While these orders are not as restrictive as those from the start of the pandemic, it's still important to note that California has a long way to go before it truly re-opens. This is still tremendous progress to restart our economy, though.

The Following In-door Sectors/Activities May Operate Under Certain Conditions

These sectors may open under certain conditions, such as reduced occupancy, mandated social distancing guidelines, and face mask requirements.

  • Personal care establishments, including nail and hair salons
  • Essential retail, such as grocery stores, food markets, pharmacies, wholesale
  • Lower risk retail stores, such as bookstores, furniture stores, and clothing stores
  • Malls and shopping centers
  • Libraries

To see the specific guidelines for your industry, click HERE.

The Following Out-door Sectors May Operate Under Certain Conditions

  • Effective Friday, January 29th, outdoor dining may resume. Some jurisdictions with their own public health departments, such as Long Beach, have announced the immediate resumption of outdoor dining
  • Outdoor malls and shopping centers
  • Cardrooms
  • Places of worship, including weddings and funerals
  • Fitness and gym facilities
  • Zoos and museums
  • Drive-in theaters
  • Protests

The Following Sectors/Activities are Still Prohibited

As of the date of publishing, January 26th, the following in-door operations in these sectors must remain closed in LA County:

  • Office-based businesses, including commercial office spaces (essential workers/businesses exempt)
  • Indoor restaurants, bars and wineries
  • Indoor Movie theaters
  • Indoor Family entertainment centers (for example, bowling alleys, plays, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Stadiums and festivals
  • Indoor Playgrounds
  • Lounges and nightclubs

California's limited stay at home order

As of Monday, January 24th, Governor Newsom has rescinded the regional stay at home order. The order, which originally applied to Los Angeles County regardless of local rules, originally prohibited outdoor dining services and personal care establishments.

For a full list of the restrictions applicable to your area, visit the State and LA County websites.

We're Here to Support You

During these uncertain times, BOMA/GLA is here to offer resources and support for commercial property owners.

As such, for more on required protocols for office, retail, and restaurants, we encourage you to visit our BOMA/GLA Coronavirus Resource Center. And, for webinars on how to prepare your building for reopening, check out our new Online Learning Center.  

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