The new LA County COVID-19 restrictions will begin today

New restrictions come into effect in Los Angeles County on Monday as officials struggle with an unprecedented recovery in coronavir virus cases.

Although the rules are less stringent than the home-staying scheme initiated in the spring, they have been the strongest restrictions for months.

According to Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health, officials hope the more restrictive restrictions will be enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus without allowing more stringent measures. The county “is now in a different place than we were in March and April, when we had no knowledge of masking and distance,” he said.

“Now that we’re doing it, it offers us a slightly different path,” he added. “But I’ll be honest: It only offers a different way forward if everyone does.”

If people don’t follow safety precautions, he said, it’s possible the county could find itself where it was in the early spring.

“If that doesn’t work and we find ourselves in a worse place than we are in two or three weeks, we need to come back and look at what we still have to do because we can’t continue to risk being overwhelmed by the health care system,” Ferrer said. .

Here is an overview of the new restrictions:

TOYS: Playgrounds that are not school or childcare centers must be closed according to the new county regulations.

OUTDOOR LEISURE: Beaches, trails and parks remain open, as do golf courses, tennis courts, pickling courts, archery courts, skating parks, bicycle parks and communal gardens. Visitors must wear a mask and stay at least six feet away from other households. Outdoor pools serving multiple households are limited to regulated cruises, with one person per lane.

STORES: Basic retail stores are limited to 35% of capacity; for grocery stores, this is a reduction of the current 50% ceiling. Essential retail stores, shopping malls, libraries and body care facilities such as hairdressing salons, hairdressers, nail salons, piercings, solarium services and massage therapies are limited to 20% of capacity; previously operated at 25% capacity.

MEETINGS: For the first time since early October, gatherings of people from different households in LA County have been officially banned, except for outdoor religious gatherings and outdoor political protests. This repeals the previous rule that allowed only 15 or fewer people out of three households to have free, outdoor gatherings for up to two hours.

GYMS: The capacity of the outdoor gyms and mini golf, rackets and go-kart races remains unchanged at 50% of the maximum capacity.

ZOOS / MUSEUMS: There is a 50% limit on open-air museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums. Previous rules allowed as many patrons as could be accepted while maintaining a distance of six feet from other households.

SCHOOLS / CHILD CARE: Schools and childcare rules are largely unchanged. Childcare centers, schools, and day camps that remain open under current protocols can continue to operate under a new requirement: a 14-day closure is required in the event of an outbreak, determined by three or more cases over a two-week period.

CHAMBER: Outdoor card rooms that were able to operate according to the rules in force must be closed.

RESTAURANTS: The restaurants in most of LA County, which went into effect differently on Wednesday, offer only a pick-up and drop-off service; The outdoor dining areas were closed Wednesday night, except for the town of Pasadena, which has its own independent public health department.