LA County Officials Issue County-Wide Stay-at-Home Order

Ameera Butt
March 19, 2020 - 6:53 pm

LA County public officials announced Thursday afternoon that everyone in Los Angeles County should stay at home -- similar to what the Bay Area and Sacramento have already done. 

All nonessential businesses everywhere will be closed. Restaurant pick up can continue. Only essential workers need to be out.

The order goes into effect at midnight.



The officials stressed staying at home as much as possible and banned public and private gatherings of 10 people or more. This will go into effect until April 19 and could be extended, according to officials.

What's not included are essential services including grocery stores, all healthcare facilities, transportation services, supermarkets, food banks, outdoor farmers' markets, schools and childcare centers, businesses that provide food or shelter for economically disadvantaged people, banks, gas stations, hardware stores, plumbers and electricians. Social distancing must be adhered to in the essential services.

The officials, including the Mayor of LA, participated in the announcement at 5:30 p.m.

"We're about to enter into a new way of living here in Los Angeles for a period," says Garcetti. "Today...will be the moment when everything changed."

​Garcetti has also announced the city will try to provide temporary housing for the thousands of homeless in the city. As many as 1,600 beds could be available by the end of the week at 13 recreation centers.

Just today there was a second death from coronavirus in LA County, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in LA County to 230 cases.

Gov. Newsom already asked President Trump in a letter for a U.S. Navy hospital ship to dock at the Port of LA after projecting that 25 million Californians will have the virus in the next two months.

LA Department of Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
  • Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.