Los Angeles County Announces Planned Reopenings with Safeguards in Place

Reopenings Allow for School Services for Students Most In Need and Increase Access to Hair Salons and Barbershops

MEDIA RELEASE:

Los Angeles County is moving forward with new plans for reopening a couple of sectors, given its steady progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Providing educational services to students most in need is a priority, as they most benefit from on campus support.  On September 14th, Los Angeles County will allow schools to offer on campus services for small, stable, cohorts of K-12 students who need learning support, including children with special needs that have an Individualized Education Plan and are English Learners. Waivers for this are not required, but schools must submit to the Department of Public Health an operational plan and they must comply with Health Officer Order guidance and protocols in order to serve students. Those receiving services are required to maintain small group cohorts of no more than 12 students and two supervisors and it will be a stable group of people to maintain safety for both students and teachers.

Effective today, hair salons and barbershops can reopen immediately at 25% occupancy for indoor services as long as they have infection control safeguards in place and comply with the County’s Health Officer Order (HOO) Reopening Protocols for Hair Salons and Barbershops, which require physical distancing and face coverings for both employees and customers. As permitted by the state, hair salons and barbershops are encouraged to maintain as many operations outdoors as possible.

The updated Health Officer Order and protocols will be on Public Health’s website later today.

All other prior restrictions will remain at this time.

Protecting Los Angeles County residents and workers while reopening remains our number one priority. If at any time the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics return to unsafe levels, the County will reassess and take appropriate action.

Los Angeles County’s Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community can be found here.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to diligently monitor critical COVID-19 public health indicators while simultaneously evaluating our County’s ability to responsibly and safely expand our efforts to reopen schools and the economy. It is critical that all Los Angeles County residents stay the course — continue wearing face coverings, hand-wash, observe physical distancing and avoid gatherings with individuals outside of your household, especially as we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend.