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Citing a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, L.A. County health officials issued another safer-at-home order effective Monday.

While less stringent than the one issued in March, the directive will be the strictest in California, which had already prohibited nonessential activities in much of the state—including L.A. County—between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day through Dec. 21.

The county’s new restrictions will be implemented through Dec. 20. Here’s what residents of the nation’s most populous county can expect over the next three weeks:

Restaurants, breweries and wineries

County health officials already shut down outdoor dining on Nov. 25, noting that diners not wearing facial coverings during their visit means higher chances of transmitting the coronavirus. The city of Pasadena has its own health department and has decided to allow outdoor dining to continue.

In the rest of L.A. County, restaurants will remain open for pickup, delivery and takeout along with wineries and breweries, which can also offer retail sales at 20% occupancy.

Food vendors with health permits can sell meals for takeout or delivery, but no tables or chairs will be allowed for dining onsite.

Other businesses, libraries and museums

Every person at the following sites will have to wear face coverings and keep at least 6 feet from others. The businesses must limit their maximum occupancy:

Cardrooms will have to close.

Outdoor recreation

Beaches, trails and parks will remain open, but gatherings are limited to people from one household.

Outdoor playgrounds — except at child care centers and schools — will still be inaccessible, along with fitness equipment and indoor centers and restrooms, according to L.A. County Parks and Recreation. No team play is allowed.

Drive-in movies, parades and other car events are permitted as long as people belonging to the same household stay inside their vehicles.


Day care and schools that have welcomed students, such as those that have received waivers or are offering specialized classes, can stay open while following health protocols.

If there’s an outbreak of three cases or more over two weeks, they must close for 14 days.

Playgrounds at child care centers and schools can also remain open.

Correction: A previous version of this story provided an incorrect figure on the maximum capacity allowed for personal care services. This post has been updated.