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On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued the “Safer at Home” Executive Order. The “Safer at Home” order applies to all residents of California. Residents must stay inside and avoid unnecessary outings. The Executive Order is being issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is a mandatory and legally enforceable order with an indefinite end date. The Order will stay in place for as long as necessary. Violating this order can result in a fine or imprisonment under Government code section 8665*.

In addition to Governor Newsom’s “Safer at Home” Executive Order, Los Angeles County issued its own Order to comply with the state guidance. This Order applies to all areas and cities within the County of Los Angeles, excluding Long Beach and Pasadena. This order is currently set to end on May 15, 2020. Everyone should continue to stay home except for essential outings such as grocery shopping or getting gas. If necessary, this Order can be extended or modified (Safer at Home Order, 2020).

While you should stay home as much as possible, you are still able to go grocery shopping and get necessary health care services. Therefore, you do not need to stock up on supplies, and you can continue to order food and other goods online. Based on this order, here are other things you can and cannot do:

You Can

  • Go to the grocery store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your health care provider before going)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery, or drive-thru
  • Care for a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride a bike, hike, or jog but maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone get necessary supplies

You Cannot

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services (described below)
  • Visit friends or family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than six feet of distance from others in public places
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility
Essential Activities and Open Businesses
  • Food Providers
    • Restaurants (takeout, delivery, or drive-thru only)
    • Grocery stores/ supermarkets
    • Water retailers
    • Certified farmer’s markets/ farm and produce stands
    • Convenience stores
    • Warehouse stores
    • Food banks
    • Pet Supply stores
  • Gas stations and related facilities
    • Auto supply
    • Auto repair and bike repair shops
  • Health care operations
    • Hospitals, clinics, dentists
    • Pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies
    • Home health care services
    • Veterinary care providers
    • Mental health providers
    • Physical therapists and chiropractors
    • Cannabis dispensaries or related health care services
  • Banks, credit unions, financial institutions, and insurance companies
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services
  • Hardware and building supply stores and nurseries
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel, and others who provide safety, sanitation, and other essential activities

Regardless, we hope that all older adults age 65 and above remain at home as much as possible.

*Government code section 8665 states that anyone who refuses or disobeys the order is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined up to $1,000 and/or jailed for up to six months.

Additional Resources

California State Executive Order
Los Angeles County Safer at Home Order
Los Angeles City Safer at Home Fact Sheet
Orange County Information on State Public Health Officer Order
Ventura County Stay Well at Home Order


Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19. (2020). Retrieved from

“Safer at Home”: What You Need to Know. (2020). Retrieved from