Los Angeles County public health officials announced a five-stage “Recovery Roadmap” on Wednesday, May 6, which eases some aspects of Safer at Home orders issued on March 19. Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s arrival of the county’s “Stage 2” of business reopenings:
- What it is: Stage 2 is the county’s first step in easing orders that have kept everyone inside, with the exception of “essential businesses” (now regarded as Phase 1)
- What it’s note: It is not a complete listing of the order, which continues until at least May 15. Public officials could re-impose the tougher orders if the disease surges.
What can open Friday
These sites can re-open, with proper safeguards in place:
- Florists can open (but for curbside pickup only)
- Retailers that sell toys, books, clothing, sporting goods, and music
- Car dealerships
- Golf courses
- Hiking trails
Sites are required to maintain:
- Physical distancing (six-feet separation from others)
- Workers and customers must wear cloth face coverings
- Businesses must emphasize pickup and delivery when possible
- Hikers and golfers must also wear facemasks and adhere to social distancing rules
What’s not opening
- Malls — not even for curbside pickup
- Neither are beaches, hair salons, and barbershops.
Coming next week
- In other Stage 2 actions, restrictions are planned to be lifted next week on other low-risk retailers, manufacturers, and outdoor recreational facilities.
- Also coming soon, officials said: Offices, libraries, museums, cultural centers, and galleries.
Stage 3: Higher risk businesses and places
A timetable has not yet been set for Stage 3 openings, which will include:
- Body art shops, massage businesses, bars and nightclubs
- Movie theaters and bowling allies
- K-12 schools, colleges, and universities
Stage 4: Large gatherings
Pending a breakthrough, it’ll still be a while before the “highest risk” businesses will have restrictions lifted, as part of Stage 4:
- Venues designed for thousands, including for sports events, concerts, and other entertainment
- Other large gatherings for business or other purposes, such as events in convention halls
Stage 5: Back to normal
Stage 5 will include the lifting of Safer at Home orders, though some physical restrictions may endure, officials said.
They could include Physical distancing, cloth face coverings, frequent hand-washing, self-isolation, and self-quarantine.
People with underlying conditions — hypertension, diabetes, immune-suppressing conditions, and obesity — are still asked to stay home as much as possible.
Health officials recommend having food and medicine delivered and to call medical providers if even mild symptoms arise.