New Safer-at-Home Guidelines Issued on May 13th for LA County
The LA County Board of Supervisors are actively working to provide a safe plan to open retail businesses (with restrictions) and schools in the next few days. Stay tuned on what day lower-risk retail can reopen.
The governor’s plan that recently announced has placed decision-making at the county/city level, allowing some communities to move further ahead in Stage 2 of the reopening process at their own pace. Bellflower did not adopt a city safer-at-home ordinance, but rather followed guidance provided by LA County.
If communities want to take that next step, counties must first submit “containment plans” to the State that meet certain requirements for hospital beds, testing kits, and the ability to track infected people and trace their contacts. Other local orders that are more restrictive than statewide reopening plans would supersede any changes the governor makes.
Only "lower-risk" businesses will be permitted to open in the early phase of Stage 2 i.e. florists, book, clothing, music and sporting goods stores for curbside pickup. Some manufactories jobs that supply these type of goods may also reopen as along as they can implement social distancing in the workplace (additional restrictions may apply per LA County guidelines).
A new Health Officer Order is was issued on May 13th that replaces the previous Health Officer Order (which was set to expire on May 15th) and allows for lower-risk businesses and select recreational facilities and beaches to reopen. All retailers that are not located in an indoor mall or shopping center are able to reopen for curbside, door-side, outside pickup, or delivery only. The public is not allowed to go inside. Manufacturing and logistic businesses that supply retail businesses may also reopen. Before retail businesses, manufacturing and logistic businesses reopen, they are required to prepare, implement and post their plan for adhering to directives including distancing and infection control practices that protect both employees and customers. Beaches can reopen for active recreation including running, walking, swimming, biking and surfing. However, group sports and activities like picnicking and sunbathing are not permitted, and parking lots, piers, and boardwalks, remain closed. Select recreational facilities are reopening (including tennis courts) and the Bellflower Parks & Recreation Department continues to assess the impacts of these city’s facilities.
Everyone must continue to practice physical distancing of at least six feet apart and wear a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when around people outside of your household. This Order continues to require that specific higher-risk businesses remain closed and prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit.