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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.”
There have been so many updates this week as we navigate the constantly-evolving coronavirus crisis.
I want to thank everyone who has reached out to give positive feedback about our efforts to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. Last night, I joined Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and the mayors of Long Beach and Pasadena to announce Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” Public Health Order.
“Safer at Home” reflects true collaboration. We immediately received an outpouring of support from residents throughout the County. Our community members were cooperative and appreciative of our collective efforts to protect our public’s health. We heard from countless people, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and businesses who wanted to know how they can help and offered their support for those who are struggling. As we work through this crisis, your positivity has reinvigorated my faith and pride in our community. It’s a great reminder of why I love this County and why I am so proud to represent our region.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions from our residents about what “Safer at Home” means for their job, their family, and their community. I hope this provides some clarity and peace of mind.
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.
The State of CA Governor @GavinNewsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of #COVID19. What does that mean? Find more information here: Stay home except for essential needsCoronavirus COVID-19 Responsecovid19.ca.gov