COVID-19 Updates: Reopenings, Testing + More

Here at DoLA, we want to keep you as updated as possible on the latest surrounding re-openings, testing sites, 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. 


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.