The following is a list of businesses, organizations, and facilities that are considered Essential Businesses under the March 21, 2020 Los Angeles County Safer At Home Health Order (Order), and may remain open to the public.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and may be updated periodically. New updates will be reflected in blue.
Essential Businesses are required to practice the following infection control precautions:
- Practice social distancing by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet to the extent feasible.
- Provide access to handwashing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, e.g. fever, cough.
- Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by Public Health.
Essential Businesses may be experiencing changes in customer behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Essential Business retailers across the country are implementing various strategies to address high demand and changes in customer behavior. Learn more about general safety practices as well as tips to help address panic buying and hoarding by downloading our factsheet.
List of Essential Businesses
List of Non-Essential Businesses
- Bars and nightclubs
- Movie theatres, drive-in theatres
- Live performance venues, concert halls, arenas and stadiums
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Wineries, breweries, and tap rooms (portions that offer beverage consumption)
- Personal grooming centers such as nail or hair salons
- Golf courses, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts
- Smoke or tobacco shops
- Clothing stores
- Car wash businesses
- Car sales (except car repairs within car dealerships)
- Indoor malls and shopping centers (except for Essential Businesses that can be accessed from the exterior of the indoor mall)
- Indoor and outdoor children’s playgrounds (except for those located within childcare centers)
- Flea markets and swap meets
- Florist shops
- Balloon shops
- Art supplies
- Furniture stores
- Gun and ammunition shops (except to sell (a) ammunition to security guard companies; (b) to persons who have already lawfully purchased a firearm; (c) to persons who possess a valid California Firearms Safety certificate (CFS), per order of the Sheriff)
This material is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions about Essential Businesses and Activities authorized under the County’s “Safer at Home” Order, you may contact L.A. County’s Business and Worker Disaster Help Center at (833) 238‐4450. If you would like to report a complaint or have a compliance concern, you may contact the Department of Public Health’s environmental health reporting line at (888) 700‐9995.