With California surpassing New York
in Coronavirus cases, L.A. County health officials have said that they are
stepping up enforcement on businesses that fail to comply with health orders
imposed with the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 17,000 businesses has been
investigated since the state first issued lockdown orders in mid-March.
While most of the
businesses—including restaurants, grocery stores and pools—have either come
into compliance or are working to come into compliance, 100 businesses have
been shut down.
The department is set to begin
issuing fines at the end of August. Fines range from $100 to $500 for the first
offense. Repeated offenses may result in a 30-day business suspension.
is an unprecedented public health emergency and we’re still learning and
adapting as we navigate this crisis,” said L.A. County Health Officer Dr.
Muntu Davis, said. “COVID-19 is not going to disappear overnight. We all
want our local businesses to be open and more people to get back to making a
living and to thrive, but we all must operate responsibly. Business owners and
operators are critical partners in slowing the spread of COVID-19. It protects
their employees, it protects their customers and it helps the entire
To curtail unsafe business
operations in the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, is deploying
“business ambassadors” to advise or cite businesses that are not following
COVID safety guidelines. The city received over 500 reports over the past two
weeks of businesses not operating in compliance with health protocols.