LA County orders all non-essential retail businesses to close

The order will go into effect at midnight tonight — and stay in effect until April 19.

Los Angeles /
Mar.March 19, 2020 06:35 PM
LA County orders non-essential retail businesses to close

Los Angeles County and LA city officials on Thursday ordered all non-essential retail businesses to close and residents to stay at home as the coronavirus continues to spread through the nation’s most populous county.

The order will go into effect on March 19 at 11:59 pm — and will stay in effect until April 19. It is “subject to extension,” according to LA officials.

Individuals have until midnight on March 20 to access their workplaces to gather belongings or address other administrative needs, “so long as social distancing requirements are followed. Such workplaces shall remain closed to the public in accordance with the order.”

The order also states: “To the extent that business operations may be maintained by telecommuting or other remote means, while allowing all individuals to maintain shelter in their residences, this order shall not apply to limit such business activities.”

Businesses that provide food, social services, and shelter — including hotels — are exempt from the order. However, the order would appear to shut down the construction industry, which was still largely operating business as usual as of late as Wednesday.

Its effect on the residential real estate industry — which had already transitioned to virtual and private showings in the past week — is unclear, though some residential real estate deals continue to be consummated in San Francisco, which ordered a similar shutdown on Monday.

Businesses that are allowed to stay open include banks, grocery stores, drug stores, hardware stores, laundrymats and dry cleaners, and restaurants that provide take-out or delivery service.

The City of Los Angeles is asking  residents to remain in their homes — with “lawful exceptions.” Those include  tasks for “securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends and people with disabilities.”

Garcetti is calling on establishments not covered in previous orders, including clothing and some other retail stores, to “cease operations that require in-person attendance by workers at a workplace.” Malls and shopping centers are also ordered to close.

Gatherings of more than 10 people — either publicly or privately — are also prohibited. Garcetti said people meeting in groups of less than 10 must provide hand sanitizers.

Previous restrictions placed on bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, gyms and fitness centers remain in effect.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Disney Store at Montebello Town Center (Disney, Shops at Montebello)
Mall vs. The Mouse: UBS sues Disney store for $275K in back rent
Mall vs. The Mouse: UBS sues Disney store for $275K in back rent
The L.A. County median of $790,000 was 23 percent higher than last June (Getty)
SoCal home prices reach yet another record high in June
SoCal home prices reach yet another record high in June
California will use nearly $3 billion from the federal government to convert motels into housing for homeless over next two years, part of a $5 billion budget package to address homelessness (Getty)
Project Homekey gets $2.75B in fed funding
Project Homekey gets $2.75B in fed funding
L.A. County property assessor Jeff Prang (iStock, L.A. County Assessor)
Despite pandemic, LA County property values rise by $63B
Despite pandemic, LA County property values rise by $63B
The latest measure comes a month after the state lifted most restrictions. (Getty)
LA County retailers, indoor venues must mask (back) up
LA County retailers, indoor venues must mask (back) up
Street performers on Hollywood Boulevard as retail and tourism recovers in the state (Getty)
Newsom signs small business grants as part of relief package
Newsom signs small business grants as part of relief package
California added more than 100,000 jobs for the fourth month in a row, bringing employment up to 16.35 million jobs. (iStock)
California’s hospitality industry adds jobs in May, but construction lost more than any other sector
California’s hospitality industry adds jobs in May, but construction lost more than any other sector
Boston Properties’ Santa Monica Business Park and the Colorado Center in Santa Monica (LA Realty Partners, Boston Properties)
LA office leasing picks up in Q2; still lags pre-pandemic
LA office leasing picks up in Q2; still lags pre-pandemic
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...