LOS ANGELES— To prevent further spread of COVID-19, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, held a press conference to announce the “Safer at Home” public health order, signed by L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis to take effect today.
Barger was joined by L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, who both have health departments in their cities.
Under the “Safer at Home” guidelines, L.A. County has directed residents to refrain from gathering in an enclosed space with more than 10 people. First responders and those in healthcare, government, food services, and other essential industries will still be on the job. The order directs businesses deemed nonessential, such as retail stores and malls, to close temporarily.
“This is the next step in protecting our communities from the coronavirus and will have invaluable long-term effects,” Supervisor Barger said. “This order will increase social distancing while still enabling residents to shop for essential items at the market, pharmacy, and hardware store, and still be able to visit the bank or gas station.”
Barger encouraged L.A. County residents to find ways to give back, including supporting local businesses, checking in on their elderly neighbors, donating funds to local nonprofits, assembling hygiene kits for those in need, or giving blood.
“We know this will have an impact on the social fabric of L.A. County,” Supervisor Barger said. “We still encourage people to stay connected to their community and their loved ones in creative ways and to spend much-needed time outdoors. Being Safer at Home doesn’t mean being alone—you are still an important part of your community.”
Visit lacounty.gov for more information, including updates on closures, food services, and utility relief.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will continue to share updates at publichealth.lacounty.gov.