Los Angeles Residents ‘Ordered to Remain in Their Homes’ Due to COVID-19 Surge

The mayor’s order states the city is ”close to a devastating tipping point”

An emergency order issued Wednesday night moves L.A. a step closer to the strict stay-at-home status experienced last spring. According to the new order, unless participating in an exempted activity, Angelenos are to remain at their homes and minimize contact with others. The order, which matches L.A.’s city-level order to the health officer order already in place from Los Angeles County, went into effect immediately.

“Subject only to the exceptions outlined in this Order, all persons living within the City of Los Angeles are hereby ordered to remain in their homes,” the document reads. “Residents of the City of Los Angeles who are experiencing homelessness are exempt from this requirement.”

The list of exempted activities is similar to the spring order, with the addition of some business sectors which have since reopened and will be allowed to continue operations, including in-store retail shopping, outdoor gyms, and personal care services.

While previous orders have relied largely on voluntary self-compliance, this order states that any failure to comply may be treated as a misdemeanor offense, subject to fines or imprisonment, and calls on the Los Angeles Police Department to “vigorously enforce.” Additional enforcement mechanisms, including utility shutoffs, will also continue to be used against businesses found to be out of compliance.

A previously-enacted 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. business curfew remains in effect where applicable.

 Exempt activities still allowed under the emergency stay-at-home order include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare operations and home-based caregiving
  • Grocery stores and small food shops
  • Filming and productions that are complying with health protocols
  • Gas stations and automotive service providers
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Hardware and building supply retailers and nurseries
  • Plumbers, electricians, and other personal safety, sanitation, and operations professionals
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Education and childcare
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Restaurants for delivery and pick-up only
  • Breweries and wineries for pick-up and delivery, 20 percent capacity cap for indoor retail operations
  • Airlines
  • Taxis, ride share, and car rental
  • Hotels and short-term rentals
  • Retail stores and shopping malls with an in-store capacity cap of 20 percent
  • Religious services held outdoors
  • City-operated parks and trails for “passive recreational activities” and “permissible active recreational activities” (playgrounds closed)
  • Outdoor youth sports programs at city parks (but no other recreation and cultural programming)
  • Public golf, tennis, and pickleball facilities
  • City-operated beaches (piers closed)
  • Other outdoor recreation and cultural facilities, including outdoor museums, gardens, archery ranges, and equestrian centers
  • Personal care services, with a capacity cap of 20 percent
  • Outdoor gyms, with a capacity cap of 50 percent
  • Libraries, with a capacity cap of 20 percent

The order comes as Los Angeles has seen day after day of record-shattering numbers of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Public health officials have warned that the current surge could cause local health care facilities to be overwhelmed within weeks.

“The way to avoid that dreaded scenario is clear,” Mayor Garcetti writes in the emergency order. “We must minimize contact with others as much as possible. Even if you believe that the virus does not present a particular threat to you, consider the impact that your choices have on others.”

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