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 NEWSOM ANNOUNCES FULL REOPENING OF CALIFORNIA ON JUNE 15TH
On April 6th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a plan to fully reopen California's economy on June 15th if current COVID-19 trends hold. California will move away from its color-coded tier system and the whole state will enter this phase at the same time. Masks will continue to be required, and vaccinations recommended.
STATE ASSIGNS COUNTIES TO NEW TIERS IN CALIFORNIA’S BLUEPRINT FOR A SAFER ECONOMY
On March 14, 2021, California announced new tier assignments under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its positivity rate, adjusted case rate, and health equity metric.
Los Angeles County is now in the Moderate Risk or Orange category, which allows some indoor businesses to be open with modifications. See below for additional details.
LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES HEALTH ORDER AND SECTOR-SPECIFIC PROTOCOLS
Effective April 5th, the LA County Department of Public Health revised their COVID-19 health orders to reflect the County’s move into the Orange Tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This increases capacity limits for various business sectors, including restaurants and retail establishments.
On March 20, 2021, the LA County Department of Public Health issued updated protocols for re-entry for Office, Retail and Restaurant Worksites.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES UPDATES SAFER LA ORDER
On March 22, 2021, the City of Los Angeles updated its Safer LA Order, which encourages staying at home while providing parameters for public and private assembly and workplaces.
The City of LA Office, Retail and Restaurant Toolkits have not been updated since the November 2020 but are still referenced on the City’s website.
Further, their COVID-19 website refers businesses to the LA County Department of Public Health protocols. See the previous entry on this page for details.
LONG BEACH SAFER AT HOME HEALTH ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
The City of Long Beach has continued to update its Safer at Home order, with its most recent update March 31, 2021. Below is the updated order, as well as the updated appendices to the order for office, retail, and restaurants.
PASADENA SAFER AT HOME ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
On April 1, 2021, the City of Pasadena Department of Public Health passed an Order to Comply with the California Department of Public Health Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The City also updated reopening protocols for Office, Retail and Restaurants in mid-March 2021.
CULVER CITY SAFER AT HOME ORDER AND PROTOCOLS
Culver City has continued to update its original Safer at Home order, most recently on March 25, 2021. Below is the 35th Supplemental Order covering all business uses including office.
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, 2020, many jurisdictions have enacted orders prohibiting commercial and residential landlords from evicting tenants due to an inability to pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. All cities without their own eviction moratorium are automatically subject to impose LA County's Moratorium.
Los Angeles County- Expires June 30, 2021 unless 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 March 31, 2021. No update.
Glendale - On May 12th, 2020, the eviction ordinance was extended indefinitely until the emergency order is lifted.
Pasadena - Remains in effect until emergency order is lifted.
Santa Monica - Order expires September 30, 2021 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.
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.
CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN FOR LOS ANGELES DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENTS
This plan, issued November of 2020, covers operations of Building and Safety, Fire and Planning Departments. It outlines both online and in-person services.