L.A. County’s new stay-home order is the strictest in California. Here’s how it works

Los Angeles County has issued a new COVID-19 pandemic order that prohibits most gatherings and discourages most crowds, the latest in a series of desperate moves aimed at slowing an unprecedented surge of coronavirus infections.



a person standing next to a bag of luggage: A traveler at Los Angeles International Airport in May. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)


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A traveler at Los Angeles International Airport in May. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

How does it work?

It’s certainly not as severe as the stay-at-home order issued in March. But it does mean that most gatherings — apart from outdoor church services and outdoor political protests — will again be banned starting Monday and last for the next three weeks, until Dec. 20. Still, it is the strictest currently in California, a sign of how serious conditions are in L.A. County.

Retail stores will remain open, albeit at a more limited capacity.

The new order comes as L.A. County faces its worst crisis of the pandemic.

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