By Jill Ripke

On December 28, 2020, the Los Angeles County of Public Health issued a news release stating “For those who traveled outside of L.A. County and recently returned, you may have had an exposure to COVID-19. The virus can take up to 14 days to incubate, and for many people the virus causes no illness or symptoms. If you go back to work, go shopping or go to any gatherings at any point over the next 10 days, you could easily pass on the virus to others. All it takes is one unfortunate encounter with an individual with COVID-19 for you to become infected, and sadly, for you to go on and infect others. Because of the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 while traveling outside of L.A County, for everyone that traveled or are planning to travel back into L.A. County, you must quarantine for 10 days.”

Los Angeles County also issued a Revised Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order on December 27, 2020 with extended restrictions related to COVID-19 and extended its duration for as long as the state Health officer’s Regional Stay at Home Order remains in effect in the Southern California Region. The order also revised Protocols for Shopping Center Operations: Appendix E. Further information about reopening protocol in Los Angeles County can be found here. Companies doing business in Los Angeles County should contact experienced legal counsel with questions about their operations and COVID-19 restrictions.