County Officials Advise Against Holiday Travel to Prevent COVID-19 Surge

The more people travel, the more interactions people have. The more interactions people have with people outside of their household, the greater the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Travel (especially by shared conveyances such as air, bus, or rail travel) can not only put the traveler at risk but also all members of the community if the traveler spreads COVID-19 to others after returning to Los Angeles County.

Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during this pandemic.

As Los Angeles County continues to grapple with its COVID-19 cases and given the prevalence of COVID-19 in many states and countries, persons arriving in Los Angeles County (LAC) from other states or countries and LAC residents returning from other states or countries could introduce new sources of infection, including new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, into Los Angeles.

Despite recent decreases in the current COVID-19 surge of cases and hospitalizations and given the new daily cases and hospitalizations remain high, it remains imperative that LAC residents continue to take steps necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 and contain new sources of infection. The County of Los Angeles is issuing the following guidance for travelers:

Non-Essential Travel

  1. Los Angeles County residents should continue to avoid all non-essential travel and stay within 120 miles from their place of residence, unless they are traveling for essential purposes. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains that are now present in California. "Non-essential travel" includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. "Essential travel" is travel associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or otherwise required or expressly authorized by law (including other applicable state and local public health directives), including work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
  2. All non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering the County of Los Angeles and need to self-quarantine as set forth in Paragraph 3.
  3. All persons arriving in or returning to the County of Los Angeles from other states or countries, must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders solely for the purpose of essential travel.

Quarantine Requirements

If you do travel into Los Angeles County from outside of California, you need to self-quarantine for 10 days after you arrive and must limit your interactions to people in your household/people with whom you live. If you travel into Los Angeles County solely for essential work purposes, you need to still self-quarantine outside of your work for 10 days and ensure you do not mix with others outside of those necessary to conduct your essential work.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (see ph.lacounty.gov/covidcare), get tested and wait for a negative test result before you start your trip.