In this fast-changing regulatory environment, owners and managers need the most up-to-date laws and rules relating to COVID-19. Included in this section are the latest protocols and orders, guidelines and links to government websites.
GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM ANNOUNCES NEW BLUEPRINT FOR SAFER ECONOMY
Governor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which imposes statewide risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening allowable activities, and slows down the movement between re-opening categories.
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy sets very specific measurements and timelines for counties to meet. There are four tiers of “openness” and a matrix of how industries may operate at that level.
Tier 1, widespread transmission: Most nonessential businesses must be closed. Counties in this tier have more than seven new COVID cases per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus test positivity rate of more than 8%.
Tier 2, substantial transmission: Some nonessential indoor businesses remain closed. Counties in this tier have between four to seven COVID cases per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus test positivity rate of between 5%-8%.
Tier 3, moderate transmission: Some businesses can open with modifications. Counties in this tier have 1-3.9 new COVID cases per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of 2-4.9%.
Tier 4, minimal transmission: Most businesses can reopen, with modifications. Counties in this tier have less than one new COVID case per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 2%.
To view the list of tiers and allowed activities per tier, click here.
CITY OF LA UPDATED SAFER LA ORDER
The City of Los Angeles updated its on-going protocols limiting certain business operations. Essential businesses, as defined by the state and incorporated by the city, may continue operations. This includes property management and the related services in office buildings (janitorial, security, engineering, parking), construction, leasing, and maintenance activities.
Retail shops may be open, as long as social distancing protocols are maintained. Personal service businesses may only operate outdoors. Restaurants indoor service is prohibited, but outdoor service with socially distanced tables is allowed, along with curbside pick-up. Malls, entertainment venues and indoor fitness centers must remain closed.
Safer at Home Order as of July 31, 2020
GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM ISSUES ORDER SCALING BACK ON REOPENING OF BUSINESSES
In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has published a new Executive Order.
Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:
- Dine-in restaurants
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close ALL operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.
Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. (Los Angeles County is on the Monitoring list)
- Fitness centers
- Worship services
- Offices for non-essential sectors
- Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
- Hair salons and barbershops
Please note that offices for non-essential sectors are to remain closed until the order is lifted.
For more information from the Governor’s website, click here.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES REOPENING ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
The City of Los Angeles published its general order for responding to the Coronavirus epidemic called A Safer LA in March. That general order has been updated, and specific protocols developed for the reopening of different types of businesses. Below are links to the updated order and protocols.
To view Mayor Eric Garcetti’s full list of updated Coronavirus orders, click here.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAFER AT HOME ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
Los Angeles County Public Health Department published its initial Safer at Home order on March 16th, 2020. Below is the updated order, as well as protocols for reopening office, retail and restaurants. The County orders do not govern the cities that choose to write more restrictive orders, such as the City of Los Angeles, nor do they pertain to Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments.
For a complete list of Stay at Home orders relating to different types of businesses, click here.
LONG BEACH SAFER AT HOME HEALTH ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
The City of Long Beach has continued to update its Safer at Home order, which was originally issued March 12th, 2020. Below is the updated original order, as well as the appendices to the order for office, retail, and restaurants.
For a complete list of Coronavirus Disease orders, click here.
PASADENA SAFER AT HOME HEALTH ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
The City of Pasadena passed a Safer at Home order in March, which continues to be updated. Below is the Fourth Supplement to the Revised order as well as the reopening protocols for different types of uses.
For a complete list of COVID-19 health orders, click here.
CULVER CITY SAFER AT HOME HEALTH ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
Culver City has continued to update its Safer at Home order, which was originally issued March 16th, 2020. Below is the original order, as well as the supplemental orders for office, retail, and restaurants.
For a complete list of Safer at Home orders and FAQs, click here.
CITY OF BURBANK HEALTH ORDERS AND PROTOCOLS
The City of Burbank is following the health orders and protocols developed by Los Angeles County Department of Health. To view “Burbank’s Road to Recovery”, which includes city and county resources, click here.
CITY OF GLENDALE HEALTH ORDERS AND PROTOCOLS
The City of Glendale is following the health orders and protocols developed by Los Angeles County Department of Health. For a list of the types of businesses that may open and those remaining closed, click here.
For a complete list of COVID-19 orders, click here.
COMMERCIAL EVICTION MORATORIUMS
Since early March, many jurisdictions have enacted orders prohibiting commercial and residential landlords from evicting tenants. Below are the links to each city and the county’s eviction moratoriums, with the date the order is set to expire, if any. Cities may extend these orders at any time.
Los Angeles County - Expires September 30, 2020. May be extended.
City of Los Angeles - Remains in effect until emergency order is lifted.
Beverly Hills - Remains in effect until another ordinance is passed.
Burbank - Order was extended to September 30, 2020 (no new order has been issued).
Culver City - Extended through September 30, 2020.
Glendale - On May 12th, the eviction ordinance was extended indefinitely until the emergency order is lifted.
Long Beach - Order was extended through September 30, 2020.
Pasadena - Remains in effect until emergency order is lifted.
Santa Monica - Order expires September 30, 2020 but can be extended.
CALIFORNIA HEALTH DEPT. GUIDELINES FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
The California Department of Public Health has issued industry guidance for real estate transactions, whether commercial or residential, as restrictions are lifted on the showing of space. There are two documents relating to transactions: a broader guidance document and a general checklist.
The COVID-19 Industry Guidance covers the creation of plans for both the corporate office and shown properties, employee training and control measures, disinfecting protocols, and social distancing. The Checklist provides elements that should be covered in each of the above subject areas. Click here for the COVID-19 Industry Guidance and General Checklist.
GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM OUTLINES NECESSARY STEPS TO MODIFYING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
According to Governor Gavin Newsom, major changes in our institutions and the way we interact must take place for a successful transition out of the current emergency. The state has developed six indicators that will guide decision-makers as they consider lifting the Stay at Home order.
LAFD ISSUES A NOTICE REGARDING FIRE/LIFE SAFETY EQUIPMENT TESTING
The Los Angeles Fire Department has informed BOMA/GLA that it has issued a notice that all buildings with fire/life safety equipment should be tested according to their regular maintenance schedule during the coronavirus epidemic. They cite maintaining the safety of building occupants and building equipment as the reason for the policy. This is also in adherence to the recent National Fire Protection Association Guidance. While testing continues, however, the Department expects testing companies and owners to take whatever precautions are necessary to ensure social distancing, environmental cleaning, and handwashing as per Mayor Garcetti's order.
LA DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY PROVIDES NEW GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION STAFF SAFETY DURING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
In an effort to maintain social distancing and other protection measures during the COVID-19 epidemic, the LA Department of Building and Safety developed specific requirements for personnel on construction sites. These measures include keeping a 6-foot distance between workers, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) when called for, and designating someone on-site as the COVID Supervisor.
CARES ACT - LIST OF IMPORTANT PROVISIONS
Here is a list of provisions in Congress's recent $2 trillion economic aid package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that impact the commercial real estate community. BOMA International played a vital role to ensure the needs of commercial property owners and operators were addressed in this bill.
CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS FOR LADBS PLAN CHECK, PERMITTING AND INSPECTION SERVICES
The LABDS call center is experiencing a high volume of requests for inspections related to construction and code enforcement than they can address in a timely manner. Therefore, the department is strongly urging you to use the following process to submit online requests, using the methods provided below.
INTERIM PRE-PANDEMIC PLANNING GUIDE
This document provides interim planning guidance for State, territorial, tribal and local communities that focuses on several measures other than vaccination and drug treatment that might be useful during an influenza pandemic to reduce its harm.