Los Angeles County Unveils Compliance Plan to Enforce COVID-19 Health Officer Order

Los Angeles–To ensure infection control measures are in place in businesses across the County, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has created a tiered compliance and enforcement plan that will include citations and fines for businesses that continue to violate Health Officer Orders.

Since March, Public Health received a total of 17,808 Health Officer Order complaints and investigated more than 17,000 restaurants, more than 3,500 grocery stores, more than 600 pools, and more than 3,000 other businesses.

Twenty-six restaurants, one grocery store, one pool and 67 other businesses were shut down for Health Officer Order violations. Most of the businesses under investigation either came into compliance or were working to come into compliance and that’s why they were not closed.

Beginning at the end of August, fines will be issued to businesses that are non-compliant that can range from $100 for the first offense to $500 and a 30 day permit suspension for multiple offenses. This includes businesses licensed and permitted by the department and those that are not.

Today, Public Health has confirmed 49 new deaths and 2,014 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 166,848 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 4,262 deaths.

Of the 49 new deaths, 30 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 65 years old, 10 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years, and seven people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Thirty-eight people had underlying health conditions including 25 people over the age of 65 years old, 10 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and three people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.

There are 2,210 confirmed cases currently hospitalized, 28% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 19% are confirmed cases on ventilators. The number of hospitalizations has remained over 2,200 for five consecutive days.