Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the following statement on comments by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer at today's County Board of Supervisors meeting.
"While the City's Safer at Home order will remain in place beyond May 15, we will also continue to adjust the order gradually — to safely allow more activities, more businesses to operate, and more Angelenos to get back to work," Mayor Garcetti said. "We're not moving past COVID-19, we're learning to live with it — and we will keep taking measured steps toward a new, safer reality in the days and weeks ahead."
The City of Los Angeles will work in close coordination with public health professionals to chart the course forward in the fight against COVID-19, and modify the Mayor's "Safe at Home" emergency order as soon as public health and safety circumstances allow.
Mayor Garcetti's "Safer at Home" emergency order requires City of Los Angeles residents to remain in their homes except for the most essential activities — including critical tasks such as securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends, and people with disabilities. It has been modified to allow some outdoor public recreational space to be used for exercise and certain non-essential businesses to resume limited operations with curbside service. The Mayor has also ordered that workers providing non-medical essential services — and their customers — must wear face coverings while in those work locations.
Any L.A. County resident showing symptoms of COVID-19 can schedule an appointment to get tested by visiting coronavirus.lacity.org/testing. The Los Angeles Fire Department is deploying rapid mobile teams to assist with training for COVID-19 testing at elder care, assisted living, skilled nursing, and other facilities that serve populations most vulnerable to the virus.
More details and answers to frequently asked questions about the City's response to COVID-19 can be found at coronavirus.lacity.org.