COVID-19: Safer at Work and in the Community FAQ

Answering your questions about Los Angeles County's REVISED Safer at Home Order, which is in effect until further notice. Higher-risk businesses are still closed, but the revised Order allows lower-risk businesses and recreation spaces if they can ensure physical distancing, face coverings, regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and handwashing or hand-sanitizing. Click here to read the Revised Safer at Home Order. Click here to read the Revised Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19.

What is “Safer at Home”?

Safer at Home is a set of directives that help slow the spread of COVID-19.  They support the Los Angeles County’s Public Health Department Health Officer’s Orders.

What is open?

Visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery to learn more about what is currently open in LA County

Can I leave my home?

You should stay home as much as possible, but yes, you can leave home to visit Essential Businesses, Lower-Risk Businesses, Outdoor Recreation sites, and Outdoor Facilities. The full list of these businesses and outdoor sites is here. When outside your home, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and wear a face covering.

How long will the L.A. County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Health Orders last?

LA County, in coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will assess the activities allowed by this Order on an ongoing basis, and modify or extend this Order as appropriate.

Can I take public transportation (bus, subway, train)?

Yes, but attempt to limit your use of public transportation. Try to use buses and trains when it is not as busy. Leave earlier or later for work if possible. When using public transport, wear a mask or face covering, and maintain at least 6 feet, which is appropriately two to three steps away, including if you are on the bus or trains.

Where are the COVID-19 LA County Health Officer Orders in effect?

County Health Officer Orders are in effect in all parts of Los Angeles County, except for the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena. Safer at Home is in effect across the entire state of California.

Are the L.A. County Health Officer Orders different than the orders issued by the City of Los Angeles and the state of California?

LA County, LA City, and the State are all aligned on the fact that everyone is safer at home and should only leave for essential activities.

I get anxious when I am cooped up in my house. Am I allowed to go for walks or to the park? Can I travel to a park or open space?

Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and wellbeing and is particularly beneficial to children. You can go for walks, go to the park, and engage in other similar passive recreational activities, but should maintain physical distance (be more than 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household) and wear a face covering to avoid the spread of virus. If there are a lot of people at the park when visiting, refrain from visiting and go home.

What does the L.A. County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Health Order say I should do if I’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or am waiting for test results or actually tested positive for COVID-19?

The LA County Health Officer has issued two new separate orders:

  1. Self-quarantine for anyone exposed to an individual diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19. View Order.
  2. Self-isolation for anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.. View Order.

These  Orders ensure that individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for  at least 3 days (72 hours) without symptoms, including being fever free without taking medicine, and 7 days since their symptoms started, whichever is longer.  Additionally, those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days starting from the last time they had contact with the ill person.

Does “Safer at Home” allow me to have my children in childcare? Will my daycare be shut down?

Childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:

  1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable" means the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day)
  2. Children shall not change from one group to another
  3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room.  Groups shall not mix with each other
  4. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children