As LA shuts down, where you can go, what you can do

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With the number of novel coronavirus cases on the rise across Los Angeles County, bars, movie theaters, and gyms have been ordered to shutter, and authorities have ordered residents to stay home as much as possible and practice “social distancing.”

“If something is not an essential activity, I urge you to please not do it,” says Los Angeles County Department of Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

There’s no curfew and the city and county have not entirely shut down, but life in Los Angeles has sputtered to a halt as COVID-19 curbs the way Angelenos get around—and the places they visit.

The cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Pasadena have enacted “safer-at-home” health orders, forcing the closure of all nonessential retailers and prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people in enclosed spaces. The orders are designed to ensure residents only leave their homes for essential activities.

A similar order is in place in Los Angeles County, which applies to unincorporated areas, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has also issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order with similar provisions. The local orders expire April 1, while the state’s will be in place “until further notice.”

By the time the orders were issued on Thursday, Disneyland, “virtually every Hollywood studio,” and most major museums, including the Getty Center, had already shuttered. The Los Angeles Unified School District had closed campuses. Dodgers opening day was postponed.

Across LA County, bars and dine-in restaurants had already been forced to close their doors.

Below, a rundown of what’s open and what’s closed, and how the city and county are responding to help renters and the homeless population. For more information on school closures and the impact of coronavirus on the restaurant industry, check out LAist and Eater LA..

What’s closed

  • Metro: But it’s running on reduced schedule due to a big drop in ridership.
  • All nonessential retailers, such as apparel companies, furniture stores, and florists
  • Indoor malls
  • Ride-hailing companies: It’s important to limit car trips right now—even in you personal car—but companies such as Uber and Lyft are still running. If you ride, be sure to wipe down commonly touched surfaces, such as seatbelts and door handles.
  • Restaurant dining rooms: Take-out and deliveries, however, are allowed—and even encouraged. Eater LA has compiled a running list of restaurants, by neighborhood, of restaurants with expanded delivery service.)
  • Meal delivery companies, such as GrubHub and Postmates.
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Gyms
  • Movie theaters
  • Entrainment venues
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Playgrounds
  • Major attractions, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Santa Monica Pier

What’s open

  • City parks: But some of the buildings within them—including the Griffith Observatoryare closed until April 4.
  • Grocery stores
  • Outdoor farmers markets
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Pharmacies
  • Food banks
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Nurseries
  • Gas stations
  • The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

Social distancing dos and don’ts

  • Do: Go for walks, hikes, and bike rides—but don’t go in groups and keep your distance from others.
  • Do not: Visit friends and family, unless it’s urgent.
  • Do: Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others when you go out.
  • Do not: Gather in groups.
  • Do: Work from home.

What are cities and the county doing to help renters, the homeless population?

  • City of Los Angeles enacts eviction moratorium: Landlords of both residential and commercial properties are barred from evicting tenants who have not paid rent due to impacts from COVID-19 until March 31. After that, commercial tenants will have three months to pay back rent; residential tenants will have six months.
  • The city of Santa Monica has barred landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent: The rules applyif the tenant is unable to pay rent “due to financial impacts related to COVID-19,” including being laid-off or losing hours or being sick with the virus or carrying for a family member who is sick with COVID-19.
  • The city of Culver City is also blocking residential landlords from evicting tenants: “if the tenant is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • Relief from parking tickets: Through March 30, the city of Los Angeles will stop issuing parking tickets during street sweeping in residential areas. A moratorium on ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and overnight parking will also be in effect. Additionally, the city is freezing parking fine increases and is extending all deadlines for payments until June 1. The city of Culver City has also suspended street sweeping parking enforcement.
  • Hand-washing stations deployed at some homeless camps: About 100 hand-washing stations have been distributed citywide, and another 100 will be installed this week. The city is also working with the county health department to determine ways to quarantine people living in shelters, if necessary.
  • 6,000 new shelter beds are opening at 42 recreation centers across the city of Los Angeles: Mayor Eric Garcetti called the accelerated effort to house people “unprecedented.”

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