LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) unveiled a compliance and enforcement plan yesterday to ensure infection control measures are in place in businesses across the County. The tiered plan will include citations and fines for businesses that continue to violate Health Officer Orders, and aims to ensure the health and economy of those who work and live in LA County are protected from the deadly virus.
The plan will apply to businesses licensed and permitted by DPH, as well as those who are not. Businesses licensed and permitted by DPH can expect to see the following when visited by an inspector:
First Visit: In all inspections, DPH starts with education to ensure the business understands what is required and will assess the severity of any violations noted.
For businesses where DPH issues a permit or a license, (which runs the gamut from congregate shelters to all food facilities, spas, multiple family dwellings, tattoo and piercing shops, pet day care, and public and residential pools) in the first visit if inspectors note Health Officer Order violations, they will educate the business on the requirements, can fine the business $100, and can also issue a notice of intent to suspend permit and will return to the business within 3-7 days.
Second Visit: if a business is still non-compliant, we will issue a $500 fine and suspend the facility’s permit for 7 days.
Third Visit: if the business is still non-compliant on the third visit, we will issue another $500 fine, suspend the business' permit for 30 days, and notify them of the intent to revoke the permit. We may also refer the business’ non-compliance to the state, if it is warranted.
Businesses that are not permitted or licensed by DPH, which can include gyms, hair salons and other personal services, should expect:
First visit: where noncompliance is found, a $100 fine will be issued, as well as a referral to the appropriate regulatory agency, if applicable.
Second visit: a $500 fine will be issued, DPH will contact local law enforcement for the issuance of a misdemeanor citation, and we may refer the case to County Counsel for a potential Temporary Restraining Order.
Third visit: Another $500 fine will be issued along with an order to close, and we may refer the case to the District Attorney for the filing of misdemeanor charges.
LA County's DPH is working in partnership with the State of California to establish enforcement strategies using the state’s regulatory framework. This partnership will include:
monitoring bars and other venues that serve alcohol (once they are able to open) in partnership with Alcoholic Beverage Control;
monitoring hair, beauty and spa service providers in partnership with the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology; and
working closely with Cal/OSHA to protect the health & well-being of workers.
LA County inspectors have been working seven days a week conducting unannounced site visits and responding to a high volume of complaints received by DPH (17,808 Health Officer Order complaints, since March). Most of the businesses under investigation either came into compliance or were working to come into compliance.
To date, 26 restaurants, 1 grocery store, 1 pool and 67 unregulated businesses (which includes 3 gyms) have been shut down due to Health Officer Order violations. LA County's goal is to make sure public health orders are being followed for the health and safety of all those who work and/or visit LA County businesses.
For more details, read the press release. Click here to access DPH Health Officer Orders and Reopening Protocols.