Those members who show any symptoms should report that to their supervisors and should refer to the CDC guidelines.
Employees that are asked to self-quarantine should also be paid in full at the time of discharge (Article XVI, Section 1608 of the MLA; Article XX, Section 4(d) of the Interior/Exterior Agreement).
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If you are feeling sick, call your primary care doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center for advice. You can also learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19 and how to care for yourself or someone in your home from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, you should get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include: trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to rouse; bluish lips or face.
If you have life-threatening symptoms, you should call 911. If you are getting yourself to a healthcare facility, do not use public transportation. You should drive yourself, if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, keep as much distance as possible between yourself and the driver and leave the windows down.
You should wear a cloth face covering — like a scarf or bandana wrapped around your mouth and nose — to prevent exposing others to your respiratory droplets when you cough and sneeze. You can find more information on face coverings here.
Even if you feel well now, it is possible that you are also infected. It can take 2-14 days to show symptoms, which is why you need to stay home and separate yourself from others in your home as much as possible. The L.A. County Department of Public Health website has detailed information on home quarantine in a dozen languages here. (See “What You Should Know”; “What if I’m Exposed”)
The L.A. County Department of Public Health website has detailed information on home isolation in a dozen languages here. (See “What You Should Know”; “What if I’m Sick”)
But when you are running essential errands, Angelenos are required to wear face coverings to protect workers at grocery stores and other essential businesses. These face coverings can be made with a bandana or scarf, or by following instructions available online from trusted sources. You can also find links to local manufacturers selling face coverings at the L.A. Protects website. Face coverings should be washed after each use.
At this time, you should not be purchasing medical grade masks, which are in short supply. It is extremely important that masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals, healthcare workers, public safety workers, and other front line workers.
You can find more information on the City’s guidance here. The L.A. County Department of Public Health and the County of Los Angeles have also information on face coverings on their websites.
Safer at Home Order
The virus spreads easily, and this Order is intended to prevent the spread of this disease from overwhelming our healthcare system. The goal here is to “flatten the curve” to slow down the spread of the virus and ensure we have adequate health care resources for those who get sick with COVID-19 and those who need emergency medical care for accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and other routine medical conditions.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Residents of the City of Los Angeles are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.
YOU CAN …
Go to the grocery store
Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
Care or support a friend or family member
Take a walk, ride your bike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community.
Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
Help someone to get necessary supplies
YOU SHOULD NOT …
Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out, as possible
Travel to or from a job outside the City, unless to perform essential activities
Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility
Go to the beach in groups, play group sports, or engage in outdoor activities in groups of any size
The City of Los Angeles first closed businesses and restricted public gatherings on March 15th. Our city was the first large jurisdiction in the nation to mandate such closures and, while we are seeing evidence that our collective sacrifice to save lives is working, it is critical that we continue to take decisive action to limit the spread of this virus.
If you need to stay longer, coordinate with your accommodations as best you can.
- Stay home (stay unexposed).
- Only go out for essential services — and when you do, stay six feet or more away from others.
- Don’t gather in groups.
The best way to reduce the risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, applies to prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Reduce the time you are around others outside the home, even when at least six feet away.
- City/County government services;
- Police stations
- Fire stations
- Public Transportation
- Water, power, and gas utilities
- Public works construction, including construction of housing
- Airport and Port operations
- Gas service stations, auto parts supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
- Health care providers, including:
- Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
- Medical and scientific research
- Healthcare suppliers
- Home healthcare services providers
- Veterinary care providers
- Mental health providers
- Physical therapists and chiropractors
- Cannabis dispensaries
- Manufacturers and suppliers
- Healthcare operations does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities
- Food providers, including:
- Grocery stores
- Water retailers
- Certified farmers’ markets (with approved COVID-19 operational plans)
- Farm and produce stands
- Convenience stores
- Warehouse stores
- Food banks
- Pet food and medicine supply (not grooming or training)
- Take-out from restaurants, drive-thru restaurants, food trucks and delivery from restaurants
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
- Hardware and building supply stores, day labor centers, and nurseries
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, day laborers, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities
- Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies.
- Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, (including gang prevention and intervention and domestic violence agencies).
- Laundromats/laundry service
- Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and journalism
- Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities — for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that physical distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible
- Businesses that supply or provide storage for products needed for people to work from home, including businesses that supply items necessary to religious practice.
- Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict physical distancing is maintained.
- Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking.
- Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, car rental companies, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order.
- Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children.
- Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children.
- Professional services, such as legal, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.
- Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
- Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers)
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the Order.
- Construction of commercial and institutional buildings, and residential buildings and housing
- Airport operations, food supply, concessions, and construction
- Port operations and construction.
- Water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil extraction and refining.
- Roads, highways, public transportation and rail.
- Solid waste collection and removal, and recycling.
- Flood control and watershed protection.
- Internet and telecommunications systems and phone retail sales and servicing (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
- And manufacturing and distribution companies deemed essential to the supply chains of the above industries.
The “Safer at Home” Business Ambassadors program will deploy City workers and volunteers with the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team to non-essential businesses that appear to be out of compliance with the emergency order. If voluntary compliance is not achieved, the ambassadors will share information with the City Attorney and LAPD for follow-up.
Resources for Renters and Homeowners
On March 30th, Mayor Garcetti signed an ordinance that builds on his previous emergency order, giving eligible residential tenants 12 months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any missed rent during the emergency period. Commercial tenants have three months to pay back their rent.
For more information, see the Housing and Community Investment Department website. You can find a fact sheet on residential tenant protections and a form to notify your landlord of inability to pay full rent due to the COVID-19 emergency here.
You can also call the HCID hotline at (866) 557-7368, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
You can find more information on tenants’ rights during this emergency on the HCID website.
Under the Governor’s proposal, Californians who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for relief after contacting their financial institution, including mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days, which allow you to reduce or delay your monthly mortgage payment. To learn more, visit the State’s Covid-19 Response website.
The federal government has announced several programs, including low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover. To learn more, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website.
If you live in a rent stabilized unit, you will not be subject to any new rent increase through 60 days after the expiration of the local emergency period. To find out if your unit is subject to the RSO, text “RSO” to (855) 880-7368.
Resources for Workers
The State also oversees paid family leave if you are providing care for an ill or quarantined family member, disability benefits for particularly long illnesses, and workers’ compensation if you were exposed to COVID-19 while on the job and in the course of your regular duties.
To learn more and apply for these benefits, please visit the EDD’s website.
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- The state’s Employment Development Department
- The City’s Economic and Workforce Development Department and LAJobsPortal.org
- The County of Los Angeles’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services
The order applies to workers in grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, taxis and rideshare vehicles, and construction sites, among many other essential businesses.
These businesses must also make sure their employees have access to a clean and sanitary restroom along with proper cleansing products, like soap and sanitizer, and allow them to wash their hands every 30 minutes. Businesses are also required to implement physical distancing measures for customers, visitors, and workers. The order also recommends that, whenever possible, businesses install plexiglass barriers between cashiers and customers.
In addition, customers are required to wear face coverings when they enter these businesses. You can find links to local manufacturers selling face coverings at the L.A. Protects website.
Resources for Businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster loans, which help small businesses make up for temporary loss of revenue; and,
- the Paycheck Protection Program (or PPP), which helps businesses keep workers on payroll during this emergency.
To help clear up confusion about what businesses should apply for which loans, Mayor Garcetti launched the L.A. CARES Corps, a partnership between the City and County to provide small businesses with the help they need to apply for federal loans.
The L.A. CARES Corps website has a clear explanation of the two emergency loan programs and a way to directly access loan applications. Business owners can also reach out to a call-in center at (833)-238-4450 for help from loan counselors trained in completing SBA applications.
For businesses that are not eligible for an SBA loan, the Economic and Workforce Development Department has a Small Business Emergency Microloan program. The no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 can be used to cover working capital.
There’s also a Small Business Resilience Toolkit to provide business owners with strategies to keep employees safe, maintain operations at maximum possible capacity, and prepare business continuity plans.
For additional assistance applying for a City, SBA or Federal financial program, please contact a BusinessSource Center near you.
Also, note that the City’s eviction protection applies to commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial tenants in the City of Los Angeles cannot be evicted and will have three months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.
Food and Supplies
No. These businesses are ordered closed under the “Safer at Home” emergency order.
No. Gyms are ordered closed.
Yes. Please call first to determine if there are any restrictions in place.
Generally speaking, you cannot — as pet groomers are not considered essential businesses under the Safer at Home”order. There may be some exceptions for certain services, but only if provided as part of veterinary care.
Grocery, convenience, and warehouse stores and pharmacies are frequently restocking. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.
As part of the directive, trucks and other vehicles engaged in the delivery of grocery items to stores are exempt from nightly curfews — a measure which will help ensure stores remain well-stocked.
Yes, but only for delivery and carry out.
Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food are encouraged to stay open, but patrons will not be permitted to dine-in.
Yes. The work performed by funeral home workers and morticians is considered essential under the order.
Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments may remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery and carryout. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers.
Call your plumber or building manager. This Order allows service providers like plumbers, electricians, carpenters, exterminators and building managers to keep working and providing their services to the public. To obtain supplies for a DIY solution, you can also visit hardware stores, which are allowed to stay open under the Order.
Schools, soup kitchens, food banks, and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food goods or meals to students or other members of the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. However, food provided by these establishments to the public may not be eaten on the premises and must instead be delivered or picked up to be consumed at home.
For a complete list of farmers markets that have been approved to resume operations, including their locations and days of operation, see https://streetsla.lacity.org/covid.
When visiting these establishments, please help retailers maintain at least six feet minimum distance between patrons, including by providing ample space while shopping and waiting in line. It is also recommended that you wear a cloth face covering when you are running essential errands.
Food vendors with a valid health permit issued by the County Department of Public Health are allowed to continue operations, as long as they comply with physical distancing requirements for customers waiting to order or pick up food.
StreetsLA is paying extra attention to sidewalk vending activities to reduce incidents of people congregating, as well as to enforce distancing requirements and ensure that food vendors have valid health permits.
Health Care and Caregiving
To the extent possible, all non-essential health care visits should be cancelled, postponed, or conducted remotely if possible.
Generally no. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the Order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities. If you need more information, please contact the facility directly by phone. This is difficult, but necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients.
More resources are available on the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.
The LA Warmline is another source for confidential telephone support between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at (855) 952-9276
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress at (800) 273-8255.
Education and Child Care
The Order allows you to take steps necessary to take your children to authorized childcare. Otherwise, you should address childcare needs as you are able given the constraints of the situation.
Do your best to entertain your children with games, reading, puzzles, and TV/videos at home. Engage them in educational online tools. However, you should not take them to the playground or arrange playdates. Children are not able to maintain physical distance, and even adults are prohibited from socializing with friends in this manner. It is essential that we stop the spread of the virus by not having in-person social interactions.
Childcare facilities may only operate if they comply with the conditions of this Order as they related to child care. Among these conditions, children must be cared for in groups of 12 or fewer, groups of children may not mix with each other, and providers may not circulate between groups.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- If possible, leave about six feet of space between you and those who might be sick with a cough or fever.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching commonly handled surfaces such as poles, turnstiles, straphangers, or handles. Always wash your hands if they are visibly dirty
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Try to use buses and trains when it is not as busy. Leave earlier or later for work if possible
- When passing through turnstiles use your hip or the back of your hand
Cloth face coverings like a bandana or towel should be used by the general public to cover the nose and mouth when they need to leave their home for a short period of time to obtain essential services or goods. Riders should wear a cloth face covering during the ride and at stops/stations where others are present. Those without a cloth face covering can also cover their face during the ride with a jacket or other clothing item. It is important to note that these face covering are not a substitute for social distancing and other prevention measures like washing your hands regularly. These face coverings are used to help protect others if you have the infection and are not showing signs of infection yet. Remember it is important to save N95 respirators and surgical masks for healthcare providers and those providing care to those with COVID-19
Transportation in LA
Yes. Airlines have dramatically reduced domestic and international flights for the coming months as they deal with reduced demand and travel restrictions. Angelenos are encouraged to limit all non-essential travel. LAX is continuing to coordinate with its federal partners on recommended travel restrictions and screenings of passengers coming from areas with widespread COVID-19 infections.
For the most up-to-date information, visit: ladottransit.com/.
CityRide remains at normal service levels.
Metro has increased its cleaning efforts at major transit hubs like Union Station with a special focus on high touch point areas like handrails, elevator call buttons, and ticket vending machines.
Buses and trains are cleaned at least once per day with EPA-approved disinfectants. Metro is reviewing cleaning protocols and will update them as recommended as this crisis evolves.
Metro is also installing sanitation stations and hand sanitizer dispensers at major transit stops and stations to allow riders to wash their hands, and signs that describe what individuals can do to reduce risk of exposure to the virus.
Additionally, StreetsLA has doubled cleanings for transit shelters operated by OUTFRONT/JC Decaux, increasing from twice a week to four times a week.
Only for essential travel. You should avoid being in a vehicle with many other people. In circumstances under which such transportation is needed, you must practice physical distancing, cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after rides. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers, like Uber and Lyft, providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes are expressly authorized in the “Safer at Home” Order.
Only for essential travel. Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transit, maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
There are 20 emergency shelters providing 851 beds at recreation centers across Los Angeles (as of April 7). Along with health and temperature checks of all program participants prior to site entry and at regular intervals every day, social distancing is maintained inside the sites, and all surfaces are regularly disinfected.
Through support from Governor Newsom, the City will stage camper trailers next to the recreation center shelters. These trailers are for individuals who, according to the CDC and public health professionals, are the most at-risk of infection and serious implications for their health.
Project Roomk Key is a state program supported by the City, LAHSA, the County, and nonprofit partners. To date, more than 1,000 beds at 15 hotel sites have been secured for use in Los Angeles. The goal is to bring particularly vulnerable homeless individuals indoors — including those who are elderly or medically compromised — and provides an opportunity for the hospitality industry to step up. If other motels and hotels want to help, they can sign up at Coronavirus.LACity.org/Rooms.
The City has also worked to provide clinics and healthcare providers serving homeless Angelenos with free COVID-19 testing kits to ensure that our unhoused neighbors have access to this critical resource.
Finally, more than 300 mobile handwashing stations and over 100 portable toilets have been added across the City to improve sanitary conditions on the streets.
City and county officials announced an ambitious plan for the homeless amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The focus is on moving the homeless off the streets and into the city’s Golden Hall auditorium, the downtown Convention Center, and vacant hotel rooms. Read more here: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/helping-san-diegos-homeless-will-protect-all-of-us-from-the-coronavirus-advocate-says/2294127/