Essential Services

Safer at Home Order from Los Angeles County

Residents of Los Angeles County, including the City of Santa Clarita, are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.

YOU CAN … 

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community. 
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies

YOU SHOULD NOT … 

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facilities
  • Hair salons and other grooming businesses are NOT essential services according to the order

The following essential services will remain open:

  • City/County government services:
    • Police stations
    • Fire stations
    • Jails
    • Courts
    • Garbage/sanitation
    • Public Transportation
    • Water, power, and gas utilities
    • Public works construction, including construction of housing
    • Airport and Port operations
  • Gas service stations, auto supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
  • Health care operations, including:
    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Dentists
    • Pharmacies
    • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
    • Medical and scientific research
    • Laboratories
    • Healthcare suppliers
    • Home healthcare services providers
    • Veterinary care providers
    • Mental health providers
    • Physical therapists and chiropractors
    • Cannabis dispensaries, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services
    • Manufacturers and suppliers
    • Healthcare operations does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities
  • Food providers, including:
    • Restaurants offering take-out, delivery or drive-thru. No dine-in service.
    • Grocery stores
    • Water retailers
    • Certified farmers’ markets
    • Farm and produce stands
    • Supermarkets
    • Convenience stores
    • Warehouse stores
    • Food banks
    • Convenience stores
    • Pet supply
    • Take-out from restaurants, drive-thru restaurants, and delivery from restaurants
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence and homeless services agencies)
  • Gas service stations, auto supply, mobile auto repair operations, auto repair shops, bicycle repair shops and related facilities.
  • 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, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities.
  • Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies.
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes.
  • Laundromats/laundry service
  • Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services
  • Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities — for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home.
  • Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained.
  • Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking.
  • Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order.
  • Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children.
  • Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children.
  • Professional services, such as legal, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
  • Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers)
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the Order.