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Posted on: June 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Los Angeles County Announces Further Openings with Safety Protocols

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Los Angeles County announced that it is moving forward on the COVID-19 pandemic Roadmap to Recovery and reopening key economic and community sectors with health and safety requirements, including day camps, gyms and fitness centers, spectator-free professional sports, museums, campgrounds and entertainment production starting Friday, June 12.

The Revised Health Officer Order with new reopenings effective June 12 is available on the Public Health website .

In the most comprehensive reopening since strict public health guidelines were put in place in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect vulnerable people, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health announced that the Health Officer Order, in effect countywide, including Malibu, is modified to include infection control and distancing requirements (attached as Appendices to the Order) for re-opening the following sectors on June 12:

  • Music, film, and television production (Appendix J)
  • Day camps (Appendix K)
  • Fitness facilities and gyms (Appendix L)
  • Museums, galleries, botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, and other similar exhibition spaces (Appendix M)
  • Professional sports without spectators (Appendix N)
  • Campgrounds, RV parks, and associated outdoor activities (Appendix O)
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities for tourism and individual travel (Appendix P)

The Revised Order is meant to continue to ensure that County residents remain in their residence as much as practicable, to limit close contact with others outside their household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Everyone who can work remotely should continue to do so as much as possible.

Sustained physical distancing and infection control measures will continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 and diminishing its impact on the delivery of critical healthcare services.

Nothing in this Order prohibits members of a single household or living unit from engaging in permitted activities together. But gatherings of people who are not a household or living unit are prohibited within the County except for the limited purposes expressly permitted by this Order.

People living their residences must strictly comply with the Department of Public Health physical distancing requirements. This includes wearing a cloth face covering whenever there is or can be contact with others who are non-household members in both public and private places, which reduces the spread of coronavirus from asymptomatic carriers.

People and businesses in the County are required to follow the county’s COVID-19 infection control protocols. In instances where the County has not provided specific guidance, the protocols established by the state must be followed.

The County continues to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus and the capacity of the healthcare system to provide residents with essential services.

With these reopenings, Los Angeles County will be in Phase 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap, which is available to view at: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap. The County emphasized that this step forward does not mean the threat of COVID-19 is gone. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow public health directives.


If at any time, the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics demonstrate a rapid acceleration of new cases that threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system, the Department of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors may need to limit future re-openings or close reopened sectors.

Going to the gym, visiting a museum or going to camp will be very different than it was before the pandemic. Each sector reopening will have strict infection control directives in place.

Just as is required for all out-of-home activities, visitors and staff will have to practice physical distancing and wear cloth face coverings. There will be limited capacity and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures required. Anyone who is feeling sick should stay home.

These additional re-openings follow other significant elements of the economy and community that have begun reopening and operating with limits and safeguards, including hair salons, barber shops, religious services, retail, restaurants, beaches and trails.

Still closed are nail salons, tattoo shops, bars and wineries, movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks and festivals. LA County created a list of places that are open or closed.


Los Angeles County is still under a Safer At Work And In The Community order and public and private gatherings of people outside of a single household unit are not permitted except for public protests and faith-based services.

Everyone must continue to follow physical distancing and infection control protocols and wear a cloth face covering when in contact with others not from your household.


The plans for reopening are part of a phased progression that provides residents, employees and customers with safety protections to slow the spread of COVID-19. See the County’s Roadmap to Recovery.

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