The County of Los Angeles and the City and County of San Francisco Begin to Ease Restrictions For Certain Non-Essential Businesses

Last week, officials for the County of Los Angeles and the City and County of San Francisco announced that they will be allowing certain businesses to resume operations.

In Los Angeles County, the following non-essential businesses were allowed to reopen beginning May 8, 2020 for curbside pick-up so long as they adhere to protocols for physical distancing and infection control and wear cloth face coverings: 

  • Bookstores
  • Clothing stores
  • Florists
  • Music stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Toy stores
  • Car dealership showrooms 

These retail establishments must also comply with the Reopening Protocol issued by the County of Los Angeles Department of Health, available here.  Officials have also indicated that Los Angeles County may soon reopen other low-risk businesses such as manufacturers, offices, and additional retailers, but provided no date. 

On May 7, 2020, the City of Los Angeles reopened parks and trailheads with social distancing requirements, though some highly-trafficked locations may remain closed.  Parks, trails, trailheads, and golf courses in Los Angeles County reopened on May 9, 2020.  Golf courses will also need to comply with a Reopening Protocol issued by the County of Los Angeles Department of Health, available here.   

In San Francisco, beginning as soon as May 18, 2020, it is anticipated that the following non-essential businesses will be permitted to open with only storefront pickup: 

  • Bookstores
  • Florists
  • Music and record stores
  • Hobby, toy, and game stores
  • Home furnishings and home goods
  • Toy stores
  • Cosmetics and beauty supply
  • Arts supplies stores
  • Musical instrument and supplies stores
  • Sewing, needlework, and piece goods stores 

Individuals in San Francisco must continue to comply with social distance requirements and wear face coverings when waiting in line for pickup. The Department of Health in San Francisco will issue detailed guidelines for businesses and collaborate with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to develop best practices for facilitating safe pickups at the reopened businesses. 

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, the Departments of Health for Los Angeles County and the City of San Francisco stated that they will be monitoring the COVID-19 data and adjust the Health Orders to tighten or loosen restrictions, depending on the changing conditions. 

As usual, the authors or your usual employment counsel at AALRR are happy to answer any questions you might have about reopening your business.

This AALRR post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon in reaching a conclusion in a particular area of law. Applicability of the legal principles discussed may differ substantially in individual situations. Receipt of this or any other AALRR publication does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Firm is not responsible for inadvertent errors that may occur in the publishing process.

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