COVID-19 Updates: Reopenings, Outdoor Happenings, Cancellations + More

Here at DoLA, we want to keep you as updated as possible on the latest surrounding re-openings, new social-distancing safe events, testing sites, event cancellations, and regulations set in place by the city of Los Angeles and the state of California to slow the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Check back here for regular updates, which we'll share as we receive them. 


Updated September 16, 2020:


The Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium to Become Polling Places This November


Photo: Courtesy Live Nation


We're missing our favorite concert venues a LOT right now, and we didn't think we'd be returning to them very soon, until we heard today's exciting news from Live Nation regarding the upcoming 2020 election. 


This morning, Live Nation announced that several of their venues across the United States will be converted into polling places for the 2020 General Election. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan state "We are proud to partner with Live Nation and announce The Hollywood Palladium and The Wiltern will be Vote Centers in the upcoming Presidential General Election. Live Nation has stepped up to the mic in providing our community safe in-person voting experiences at two iconic music venues. It is collaborations such as this that demonstrate the spirit of community engagement and the strength of our democracy." 


Live Nation's effort aims to encourage all to register to vote and make their voice heard this November 3. Along with Dodger Stadium, these venues will be important in making sure all are able to vote and cast their ballots in just two short months. Not sure if you're registered to vote? Check your status or register right here! DoStuff & Vote! See you at the polls!


Updated September 9, 2020: 


LA County DOES NOT RECOMMEND Trick-or-Treating, Parties & More Halloween Traditions DUE TO COVID-19


Photo by Haley Phelps


As the pandemic hit in early March, many fall fans wondered how the outbreak would affect the spooky season. Unfortunately, this morning, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the cancellation of many Halloween traditions.


And no, this isn't a trick! The County has originally banned trick-or-treating, along with Halloween parties, carnivals and haunted houses. As of Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the health department had "revised" the original restrictions, and still do not recommend any of the activities take place. The County cited the many risks the holiday holds as the main reason for the sudden cancellation. Residents can view the newly released guidelines for celebrating Halloween here


LA Halloween Restrictions, Strongly Not Recommended by LA County:

- door-to-door or "trunk-to-trunk" trick-or-treating events

- parties or gatherings with people outside residents' own households


Not Permitted:

- carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and "haunted house attractions."


To help families continue the Halloween fun, the County did approve a few fall events. These events include online parties, car parades, drive-in movies, and attractions. 


Updated September 3, 2020:


LA County Allows Salons and Barbershops to Reopen Indoor Operations


Photo: Taisiia Shestopal


On September 2, LA County officially announced that hair salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen their doors for indoor operations, as long as they operate at 25% capacity. This is the first step LA County has taken in reopening businesses for indoor operations since Governor Gavin Newsom announced his Blueprint For a Safer Economy initiative last week. The county has also outlined common questions regarding the reopening of salons and the safety precautions businesses are taking, which you can read up on here.


While LA County is still in the first stage of the new color-coded system that will lead California's counties to safe reopenings, the reopening of salons and barbershops is a positive first step. You can learn more about the color-coding system here, and research business types in the county to check the status of their operations.


Updated August 28, 2020: 


Governor Newsom Announces New Color-Coded Tiered System Regulating Safety of Activities for CA Counties


This afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a brand new 'Blueprint for a Safer Economy' that plans to continue monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in California while adjusting permitted sector activities to keep Californians safe. Newsom's new tiered, color-coded plan will take effect this Monday, August 31, 2020 across the state. The official statement from the governor's office explains "this guidance outlines an updated framework for a safe progression of opening more businesses and activities in light of the pandemic." 


This new framework has measures that each county must meet, based on several health factors, including testing and health equity. The plan includes four tiers, ranging from the 'Widespread Tier 1' to 'Minimal Tier 4.' To advance to a tier with reduced restrictions, counties must meet a very specific set of requirements as far as case testing rate and the rate of new cases.


As far as actual reopenings go, CBS LA confirmed that Los Angeles County is still in the purple stage, Tier 1, but is expecting to announce that salons and barbershops may be able to reopen indoor operations within the next week. CBS also reported that retailers and shopping centers will be able to reopen at 25% capacity beginning Monday. When we have more news directly from Los Angeles County and Mayor Garcetti, we will be sure to update you. 


Updated August 19, 2020: 


The L.A. Zoo To Reopen on August 26

PHOTO: LA ZOO


Good news, The Los Angeles Zoo will be reopening on August 26th but not without some new health and safety requirements. New traffic flow patterns will be implemented to help with physical distancing and all staff and guests above the age of 2 must wear a face covering. They are also requiring all guests to register for timed-entry tickets in advance, reservations for that will begin on August 19th at noon. A few of their high-touch exhibits and in-person presentations will not reopen quite yet but the Zoo has welcomed some new animals during their time away which they are excited for everyone to meet!


Photo: Sung Shin via Unsplash


Dodger Stadium to Become Polling CENTER for November 2020 Election


Though Dodger Stadium is not in use as it would normally be this time of year, the iconic arena and its vast parking area has become an important site for Angelenos for another reason during the COVID-19 pandemic. It became the largest testing site in the area, and now has plans to transform into a polling center for the November 2020 election, according to the LA Times


The LA Times reports that Dodger Stadium will be the first major league team to utilize their property as a polling place in November's upcoming general election. The Dodgers are partnering with Lebron James's More Than a Vote initiative, launched earlier this year to help end Black voter suppression. 


We are awaiting exact details of how the stadium will be transformed into a voting center, but we do know that leading up to November 3, the polling center will be open for a five-day period in which voters can come to cast their ballots safely. 


Updated August 17, 2020:



LADOT Announces Extension of Relaxed Parking Enforcement Until October 1


It feels like it was just March when we first heard the news of relaxed parking enforcement from the LA Department of Transportation and the mayor's office. A few weeks ago, we reported that relaxed parking enforcement would run through August 16, and as of August 14, Mayor Garcetti announced this type of enforcement will now run through October 1. Read more here.


Updated August 6, 2020: 


Knott’s Berry Farm Has Cancels Knott’s Scary Farm

Photo: @Knottsscaryfarm


On Tuesday, Knott's Berry Farm announced the cancellation of their Halloween staple, Knott’s Scary Farm. The Buena Park amusement park joins Universal Studios and Disneyland as the list of attractions that have had to postpone their spooky celebrations.


The theme park has been closed since March due to the pandemic, and as cases rise Knott's, unfortunately, had to move quickly and safely. This move led to the Taste of Calico event, which saw many attend a food and shopping outdoor festival at Knott's Ghost Town.


Here’s the official statement:

Regrettably, due to continued operating restrictions related to the pandemic, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our highly anticipated 2020 Knott’s Scary Farm event. The unique features of Scary Farm will not allow us to operate within the constraints recommended by the CDC and public health experts. We know that this news is disappointing, but we look forward with great enthusiasm to making 2021 Knott’s Scary Farm our best year ever.


It is almost devastating to see SoCal's largest Halloween haunt fest take a break this year but, we can only hope it comes back bigger and scarier than its previous events.


Updated August 5, 2020:


LADOT Announces Eased Parking Restrictions Through August 16


Photo: Dave Herring via Unsplash


Since March, Angelenos have been able to enjoy eased parking restrictions due to Stay-at-Home orders issue by the county. Now that a new month has begun, residents are wondering whether or not these "relaxed" enforcement on street sweeping tickets and gridlock zone restrictions, plus no parking fine increases for failure to pay a ticket. In an LADOT statement released on August 3, 2020, the Dept of Transportation has extended this relaxed enforcement until August 16, 2020. We are awaiting to hear if the city will extend the order to ease parking restrictions, as many people are still home full time.


Councilman David Ryu Proposes Increased Penalties for "Largely Maskless Gatherings" INCLUDING WATER SHUT OFF


Due to recent large gatherings, namely house parties, taking place in the Los Angeles area, LA City Councilman David Ryu proposed a motion today to increase legal penalties for those holding "largely maskless gatherings" that are in direct violation of emergency health orders put in place at the county level. 


Ryu's proposal includes prohibition of permits for property owners with open violations at other sites, plus LADWP shut off at cited locations where violations are taking place. The end of the motion states how vital these tools proposed by Ryu currently are in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19—"The need for these tools has become even more clear this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Property owners in Los Angeles, particularly those adjacent to now-closed Hollywood nightlife locations, have been responsible for renting out residences as 'party houses." The proposal goes on to state "These locations are endangering all Angelenos by enabling large, close-contact, largely maskless gatherings, in direct violation of City Emergency Orders and County health Orders."


Updated August 3, 2020:


Employees Only West Hollywood Is Launching a Social-Distancing Safe Summer Social Club



West Hollywood eatery Employees Only is back with a special summer pop-up called Summer Social Club. Located in the revamped parking lot at the Santa Monica Blvd restaurant, Summer Social Club is a multi-week summertime 'festival' which features a roster of events, food pop-ups and wellness activities, all while ensuring socially-distant seating and space. 


You can check out the pop-up from Wednesday through Sunday, currently until the end of August. Come out for morning yoga, a kombucha bar, potting classes, and even haircuts by The Barber Truck. There'll be movie nights, live comedy, and more. 


Tom Sopit, owner of Employee's Only LA via @kyunglacnn


All activities will be paired with delicious eats, of course. The calendar of events includes pop-up brunches from the chefs at Salt's Cure, a sustainable raw seafood event with 10% of proceeds going to BLM, and more. Summer Social Club also features all day offerings, including refreshing new cocktails. Put on your mask and see you out there!


Get Your Dodger Dogs Delivered


Photo: @dodgerstadiumfood


We'll admit, we saw this one coming! Now that the MLB season has kicked off in a much different manner than usual, we can't help miss our favorite ball-game eats. If you're like us and have a serious hankering for a Dodger Dog right now, we've got some good news for you. 


The Los Angeles Dodgers, in partnership with Postmates and Home Team Kitchens, have launched their own delivery-only kitchen, called Home Plate. Home Plate is accessible via Postmates, and currently delivers to West Hollywood and Hollywood, and hopes to expand to more neighborhoods soon. 


Photo: @postmates


All you have to do is fine Home Plate on the Postmates app, and select which stadium eats you want delivered. Choose from your classic 10-inch Dodger Dog, all-beef Super Dodger Dog, garlic fries, and nachos served in a souvenir Dodgers helmet—you'll almost feel like you're at a game! Order now!


Stay up to date with the 2020 Dodgers season schedule here!


*Updated 7/27/2020.


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CANCELS HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Photo: @horrornightsorl


This morning, Universal Studios announced the decision to cancel its Halloween Horror Nights events in both California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a CNBC article, the park said in a statement that "Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe." 


The start of Halloween Horror Nights would normally be just weeks away, typically opening to the public mid-September. COVID-19 cases are still on the rise as we near the end of July, and it's impossible to know how things might progress moving into the fall season. 


Photo: @horrornightsorl


Though we are sad that we won't be experiencing HHN in 2020, we hope to see you back out there in 2021! 


*Updated 7/24/2020.


A Boat-In Movie Theater is Coming To Los Angeles This Fall

Photo by Beyond Cinema


Social distancing got you feeling cooped up for the summer and yearning to watch a movie away from your home? Well, we know what will get you out of the couch during this fall season.


A floating cinema is coming to Los Angeles this September! And yes, by floating, we mean on the water!


The Australian event company, Beyond Cinema, announced that they will be returning to the US with a “twist” to the movie theater experience. For one week only, visitors will be able to purchase their mini boat, which will fit up to eight of their pals, and watch a film from it. The cinema will be made up of 12 to 24 mini boats, with safe social distancing between each one.


Many companies have been attempting to find new ways for audience members to enjoy a great movie amidst the pandemic. With the resurgence of drive-in movie theaters, the next best (safe) thing is this new boat-in cinema. The schedule will be announced when tickets go on sale.


The location, prices and movie lineup have not been revealed at this time! But, according to Beyond Cinema’s website, movie-goers can expect a mix of golden oldens and new releases. Guests will also get free popcorn and other movie snacks, while drinks will be available to purchase before they set sail.


The Floating Cinema will be docking in Los Angeles from September 2- September 6!

Be the first to know to find out when tickets go on sale by clicking here.


*Updated 7/22/2020.


Governor Newsom Shares New Guidelines Allowing Hair Salons, Barbershops to Operate Again


Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a blanket order for 30 counties to close all indoor operations for restaurants, hair salons, barbershops, and more. Yesterday, on Monday, July 20, the Governor announced revised safety guidelines, specifically for barbershops and hair salons in order to allow them to continue operations. 


The new guidelines require that all indoor operations still stay closed, but hair salons and barbershops can now operate outdoors, under a tent, canopy, or a structure that allows sufficient air movement, according to the state guidelines


Newsom's state-wide order also has brought up potential news of a second stay-at-home order being put in place for LA County, something that Mayor Eric Garcetti has commented on, but not confirmed. In a CNN interview on Sunday morning, Garcetti admitted reopenings "happened too quickly." 


The second stay-at-home order has not been confirmed, though the LA Times reports it is likely, as Garcetti also said recently that the county is "on the brink" of another order in order to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases. 


*Updated 7/21/2020.



Orange County Opens First Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Site in Irvine


As of Monday, July 13, Orange County announced it would open its very first drive-up COVID-19 testing site, according to the LA Times. Irvine will be the first city in Orange County to offer a drive-up testing site for residents. 


Residents of Orange County can access the 3-lane testing facility at Orange County Great Park Parking Lot No. 6. The testing site is open Monday through Thursday, from 8am to 5pm. Those who wish to be tested must book an appointment in advance. So far, the testing location is set to be open for one month only, but the LA Times reports that Irvine City Council may vote to extend the length of the operation.


Tests are booked for the next month, but we keep you updated should more reservations open up. 


*Updated 7/15/2020. 


BREAKING NEWS: ALL INDOOR OPERATIONS MUST CLOSE STATEWIDE, GYMS, SALONS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, AND MALLS MUST CLOSE ALL INDOOR OPERATIONS 


On Monday afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom made a major decision regarding closing indoor operations for multiple industries. Newsom announced that statewide, all indoor operations must cease for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms.


Additionally, the governor ordered that 30 counties, including Los Angeles County, must close indoor operations for fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. 


The governor made this announcement on Monday, July 13 as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state, with a total of 326,187 total cases, with 6,504 of those being reported on Sunday, July 12, alone. In Los Angeles County, there are currently a total of 133,596 confirmed cases, with 3,202 of those being announced yesterday as well, according to the LA Times



Photos: @gavinnewsom


WEST HOLLYWOOD TO FINE THOSE NOT WEARING MASKS; RELAXED PARKING ENFORCEMENT EXTENDED


Since early May, face coverings and masks have been mandatory for all LA County residents to wear when leaving their homes. Now, the LA County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood Station is taking things one step further, warning residents that if you are outside and not wearing a face mask or covering, you could be fined. The citation could cost you up to $300, according to the LASD WeHo Twitter.


In March, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced relaxed parking enforcement rules after the Safer at Home order was put into place. Now that we're nearly four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, KTLA is reporting that relaxed parking rules have now been extended until August 1, 2020, meaning there will be relaxed enforcement of street sweeping parking violations, gridlock zone parking restrictions, expired vehicle registration, and more violations. In a Wednesday meeting, the City Council voted to approve extended relaxed parking rules, 13 to 1. Originally, relaxed parking rules were set to end on July 6, following the holiday weekend. The City Council's decision nullifies the order originally issued by the Department of Transportation.


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM SAYS INDOOR RESTAURANT OPERATIONS + MOre MUST SHUT DOWN


As of the early afternoon on Wednesday July 1, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced via Instagram that effective immediately, 19 California counties including Los Angeles must close indoors operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. The announcements of these closures follow previous announcements of LA County beaches closing for Fourth of July weekend, and that all bars in the county must close operations, both indoor and outdoor. 


Some restaurants are still offering outdoor dining service, and tons of Los Angeles restaurants are delivering, too. If you do choose to go out, remember to wear your mask. Shop masks being sold by local businesses, here.  


*Updated 7/1/2020.


LA County Beaches Closed for Fourth of July Weekend


Due to COVID-19, this year's Fourth of July will look very different! On March 29, the Los Angeles County announced that beaches, piers and bike paths will be closed for the July 4 weekend.

During the holiday weekend, beaches will be totally closed to all recreational activities. Beach parking lots will be closed, as well.


Fireworks displays are also off-limits over the weekend to prevent gathering.


“Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but it’s the responsible decision to protect public health and protect our residents from a deadly virus. The Fourth of July holiday weekend typically means large crowds and gatherings to celebrate, a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. " 


Find out more here


*Updated 6/30/20


GOVERNER Newsom Orders Bars Closed in LA County


After only two weeks of announcing the reopening of many local businesses, Governer Gavin Newsom ordered all bars and nightlife to close in seven counties, including Los Angeles County.

Yesterday, June 29, Gov. Newsom tweeted the order, which also affects Fresno, Riverside, San Bernadino and more counties.



“COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a written statement. “That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”


*Updated 6/30/20


LA COUNTY ALLOWS BARS, NAIL SALONS, AND MORE TO REOPEN


As of June 18, 2020, Los Angeles County has let residents and business owners know that many more businesses that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now allowed to reopen. This list of businesses includes bars, breweries and tasting rooms, nail salons, tattoo shops, personal care services including estheticians and massage therapy businesses. Announced almost simultaneously with the above update, Governor Gavin Newsom also announced at the end of last week that all Californians are required to wear masks when outside of their homes. You can read more on Newsom's order here


*Updated 6/21/2020


LA COUNTY ALLOWS GYMS, MUSEUMS, HOTELS & MORE TO REOPEN FRIDAY


On Wednesday, June 10, Los Angeles County announced that gyms, sports arenas (without audiences), day camps, museums, zoos, aquariums, and hotels will be allowed to reopen Friday, June 12.


This move will be the largest step since the health order has been in effect. Following Newsom's announcement to move into the next stage, all of these businesses will reopen once they implement new safety measures and health requirements. Campgrounds, swimming pools, TV, and film production will also be included in this stage of reopening.


The order will be modified on Thursday, allowing businesses to reopen as early as Friday. Stay up-to-date on the guidelines for reopening here


*Updated 6/11/2020


COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES RECEIVES PERMISSION TO REOPEN RESTAURANTS FOR IN-PERSON DINING, SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS CAN RESUME BUSINESS


On Friday, May 29, 2020, the LA Times reported that Governor Gavin Newsom has given Los Angeles County permission to advance in its reopening process. This past Wednesday, LA County filed a variance with the state in order to accelerate the county's reopening of businesses due to the economic impact of COVID-19 closures. 


The California Department of Health has laid out specific criteria counties must meet to reopen, and through their variance filing, LA County officials believe the county has met them. 


This morning, Governor Newsom approved this variance, which allows restaurants to open for in-person dining, and for salons and barbershops to resume services for customers. The most important thing to note is that in order to resume business, all businesses will need to meet the county's health and safety guidelines. 


We are awaiting official word from Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti on how these plans will go into effect, though on Wednesday of this week, the city did release initial guidelines for restaurants and businesses on how they can move toward safe reopenings. As soon as we learn more from City Hall, we will be sure to update you. 


*Updated 5/29/2020


Governor Newsom Announces Some California Counties May Ease Into Stage 3 Reopenings for Hair Salons and Barbershops


Following Memorial Day weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom has shared that many counties in California who have met previously stated safety requirements for reopening may now ease into the next stage of the state's reopening program. Right now, the only businesses included in the Stage 3 reopenings are hair salons and barbershops, which may open, only if they follow strict modifications. 


On May 25, the governor also laid out guidelines and qualifications for in-person religious ceremonies to start back up. Learn more details here.


According to the LA Times, 47 of 58 CA counties have met Newsom's regional standards for reopening. Los Angeles County is not currently included in this number, and we will update you with more LA-specific information as we have it. 


Are you curious about what's open and what's not? This handy page from the state's online COVID-19 resource site is super helpful. For specifics on what is open vs. closed in LA County, refer to this page


Updated 5/26/2020.


MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI ANNOUNCES DODGER STADIUM AS NEW COVID-19 TESTING SITE


Currently not in use for spring baseball, our city's iconic Dodger Stadium is now open as the city's largest COVID-19 free testing site. The site will allow for testing up to 6,000 LA county residents per day. Mayor Garcetti cited the Dodger Stadium testing site as the largest in the United States. Watch Mayor Garcetti's full address here. Click here to schedule a free COVID-19 test with the county of Los Angeles.


Updated 5/26/2020.



THE LATEST ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM'S GUIDELINES FOR DINE-IN RESTAURANTS TO REOPEN


In addition to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May 12 announcement regarding modifications for “lower-risk workplaces” to prepare to re-open, he also provided more specifics on regulations for dine-in restaurants to re-open. For now, the re-opening guidelines only apply in counties that meet specific public health benchmarks, such as fewer than 1 case per 10,000 residents and no deaths in the last 14 days. We do not have any specific updates from Mayor Eric Garcetti on the re-opening of Los Angeles County dine-in restaurants, but we will share that information as soon as it is released.


To give you a clearer picture of what re-opening might look like, several rural California counties, including Amador and Butte County, are allowing dine-in restaurants to reopen, granted they adhere to the following guidelines outlined by the state:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan

  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them

  • Implement individual control measures and screenings

  • Implement disinfecting protocols

  • Implement physical distancing guidelines

Newsom emphasized that while he was providing an opportunity for looser restrictions, it will be up to local government officials to approve what is safest in their respective counties.


See Newsom’s official guidelines here.

See the roadmap for reopening here.


Updated 5/13/2020.


Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Additional Modifications to Stage 2 Business Re-openings + Testing Updates


On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom shared guidance for California businesses on further re-openings. This latest modification to Stage 2 allows the following business types to re-open, pending county decisions: offices (that cannot telework), malls and strip malls (for curbside and outdoor pickup) and outdoor museums. 


Newsom also shared that as a state, California has officially tested over one million people, and continues actively testing for the COVID-19 virus. Testing sites remain open and ready for residents of CA to be tested. Learn more information testing here.


Updated 5/12/2020.


LA County Beaches to Reopen For Active Recreation on Wednesday May 13


Los Angeles County Beaches are scheduled to open Wednesday, May 13th. County beaches such as Manhattan and Redondo Beach will reopen for active recreation, according to the Los Angeles Times. While group sports like volleyball are not permitted, beachgoers are permitted to run, walk, swim, and surf. 


Face coverings will be required for those on the sand as well as practicing social distancing from others. Parking lots, bike paths, piers, and boardwalks will remain closed. Sunbathing, picnicking, and sitting on the sand are still not allowed.


Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery told the Los Angeles Times that if beachgoers fail to follow the guidelines, the beaches will be closed again by local and state officials. 


Updated 5/12/2020.


Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Some Businesses May Be Able to Reopen Friday, May 8


This afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom shared some major updates regarding the reopening of California, and which businesses have the green light to do so (following strict health standards) as early as this Friday, May 8. Reach more here.


Updated 5/4/2020.


COVID-19 Testing Available for All LA Residents

As of April 30th, Los Angeles has officially become the first major city in America to offer wide-scale testing to all of its residents. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that all county residents who want a test can now get one for the first time since the cases appeared in January. All residents with or without symptoms are eligible for free testing. Learn more here.


Updated 4/30/2020.


City Parks and Recreation Centers to Close


As of Monday, March 23, 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an order to close LA City Parks sports and recreation centers, and closing parking at city beaches in order to reduce group gatherings and encourage people to stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 


Updated 3/23/2020.


County-Wide "SAFER AT HOME" Emergency Order Issued


Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a "Safer at Home" emergency order this evening around 5PM PT ordering all residents of Los Angeles to stay inside their homes and immediately limit all non-essential movement. 


Please note that grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, and farmers markets will remain open. Businesses and organizations that provide food will also remain open for takeout and delivery. 

Indoor shopping malls and nonessential retail businesses must close. (Source ABC News)


Updated 3/19/2020.

Mayor Garcetti Issues Executive 

Order Closing Businesses


As of Monday, March 16, 2020, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive order requiring the closure of restaurants, bars, entertainment venues (including but not limited to movie theaters, live-music venues, and bowling alleys), and gyms. 


Restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in service, and many are still offering take-out, but we recommend checking with the restaurant or business you'd like to order from prior to ordering. We're compiling a list of online funds and other ways to help our local service and entertainment industry at this time. Please share!


If you're wondering how to help your community most right now, we'd like to share this graphic from Governor Gavin Newsom on how you can do so. Most importantly, wash your hands, and please practice social distancing. This is how we're going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 together. The California Health Department has provided more precautionary measures you can take, here.


Updated 3/16/2020.


NEWSOM ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CANCEL ALL EVENTS WITH CAPACITIES OF 250+


Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March, 12, 2020 to cancel events with capacities of 250+. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti also issued a directive all non-essential community events 50+ participants be cancelled. 


We're keeping our list up to date as new news comes in, because there's a lot going on in Los Angeles and a lot to keep track of.


Live Nation and AEG have suspended tours at least through the end of March, per Pitchfork. Postponement and cancellation information is coming in on a show-by-show basis. 

We are updating individual show information as soon as we have it.


Updated 3/12/2020.