July 17, 2020
Cheers to another end of the week. Here are your updates:
Businesses and Outdoor Operations: Because the State’s Business & Professions Code (Section 7317) requires that all barbering, cosmetology and electrology services be performed in a licensed establishment, LA County hair salons, barbershops, and personal care establishments must close, and not offer any services (including outdoor services).
Fitness centers and gyms can operate outdoors
Places of worship can take their services outdoors
All non-essential offices have to work from home or outside – no indoor operations
Testing Sites: LA County is expanding testing over the next two weeks, specifically in areas of high need. The Valley will be getting a new testing site in Panorama City.
Business Violations: Our office has received 549 complaints of businesses not following the health rules in the past two weeks. Starting Monday we are re-launching our Business Ambassador Program, sending out dozens of City workers every day to visit businesses with a problem. Reminder, rules, and guidelines for businesses can be found at coronavirus.lacity.org/business
Employers and Employees matters with COVID-19:
Employers should not require a negative COVID-19 test result before employees return to work, and employees do not need to present a certificate saying they have tested negative, under the current guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Employers can offer and pay for COVID-19 testing as an occupational health and safety measure if an employer wishes to have its workforce get tested before returning to a work site. These employees should not seek a test at the City/County/State testing sites, which should be reserved for those who meet the medical or public health criteria for testing, and who do not have access to testing through their regular provider or health plan.
Project & Respect Campaign: To help communicate the message of the importance of wearing a mask, our office has partnered with Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number one to produce posters encouraging everyone to wear a mask. You can download the poster here and post it on your window.
May you all have a safe weekend, don’t forget to wash your hands and wear a mask!