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Posted on: April 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] L.A. County Announces Re-Openings as of April 5, 2021

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(april 3, 2021) - Further Re-Openings as of April 5, 2021: Bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, houses of worship, grocery, retail, salons museums, zoos. aquariums, sports

The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was updated today to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the State of California’s Orange Tier, beginning Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for many sectors.

  • Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Visits are limited to 90 minutes. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted outdoors only and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. 
  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per indoor table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors. 
  • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less, with continued safety modifications. 
  • Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables and gaming areas. 
  • Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity. 
  • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required except when swimming. 
  • Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating and drinking is allowed in only designated dining areas or while in your reserved seat. Masks must be worn at all times, while not eating or drinking.
  • Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required. 
  • Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow time for as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated. 
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75%. Patrons and workers are required to be masked at all times. For services that require customers to remove their masks, such as facials or electrolysis, staff must wear a fitted N95 and goggles or a mask with a face shield. 
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity. 
  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can play all outdoors sports between two teams with required modifications. For events or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individual or doubles competitors, event organizers must apply to Public Health for approval of the proposed athletic event, tournament or competition. 

It is critical that businesses follow Health Officer Order directives and infection protocols to protect workers and customers and minimize COVID-19 spread as much as possible. The County's recovery and the safety of workers and customers depend on businesses fully implementing infection control and physical distancing requirements.

Also, effective yesterday, April 1, 2021, amusement parks, outdoor seated live events and outdoor professional sporting events are permitted with the safety measures in place, including occupancy limits, distancing, masking and eating and drinking requirements.

Please visit the website to see the new Health Officer Order and all updated Los Angeles County protocols and guidance documents related to COVID-19, including information on the vaccine.

(mARCH 20, 2021) - LA County Dept of Public Health Updated Health Officer Order to Allow Further Openings for Certain Sector as of March 20, 2021. 

The Order was modified to reflect updates that allow breweries, distilleries, and wineries to reopen for outdoors only if not serving a bona fide meal; add a specific protocol for Limited Services, Appendix W; and increase the number of participants obtaining in-person behavioral health or substance use disorder support in therapeutic small group meetings and obtaining in-person faith based small group counseling services, where the services cannot reasonably be practiced remotely. See the updated Order. All of LADPH’s Health Officer Orders and sector protocols are available on its website. Vaccination Eligibility - For the latest information on vaccine eligibility and required documentation, please see the Vaccination Appointment page.  

(MARCH 15, 2021) - LA County Announces Reopenings as of March 15 - Grades 7-12, Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, and Other Sectors  

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) announced on March 12 that it modified its Health Officer Order to closely align with the State’s re-opening framework and reflect the changes allowed in the Red Tier. The changes go into effect on Monday, March 15. 

The modifications to the Health Officer Order include the following:

  • Museum, Zoos and Aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
  • Movie Theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
  • Retail and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
  • Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions: 8 feet distancing between tables; one household per table with a limit of 6 people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Public Health strongly recommends that all restaurant employees interacting with customers indoors are provided with additional masking protection (above the currently required face shield over face masks); this can be fit tested N95 masks, KN95 masks, or double masks and a face shield. In addition, Public Health strongly recommends that all employees working indoors are informed about and offered opportunities to be vaccinated. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from 3 different households.
  • Indoor Shopping Malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
  • Institutes of Higher Education can re-open all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
  • Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
  • Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to 3 separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing.

Businesses must implement all the requirements in the sector specific Public Health protocols. It is critical that directives and infection protocols are followed to minimize COVID-19 spread as much as possible. The comprehensive protocols for all sectors that reopen will be posted online later today.

See the press release:

The Order is issued to account for the continued decline in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and testing positivity rates in the County and the County's eligibility to move into the less-restrictive Red Tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. See the updated Order for complete details:

See all previous Orders, revised protocols, the list of what is and is not open, guidance for gatherings, guidance for fully vaccinated people and more at: