Los Angeles County issues temporary stay at home order

How does it affect dealers?

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Los Angeles County issued a temporary stay at home order on November 27, 2020 that will be effective Monday, November 30 and last through December 20. The order further limits business in the county and prohibits all gatherings of individuals from different households.

Under the order, non-essential retail must limit occupancy in its facility to 20%. While deemed essential retail at the state-level, Los Angeles County does not treat automotive retail as an essential business. Sales floors therefore must operate at the non-essential capacity for the duration of the temporary order.

This order is just one in a series of recent state and local orders restricting activity to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Most importantly, Los Angeles county and many surrounding counties including Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside are designated “Purple Tier” under the Governor’s Blue Print for a Safer Economy, which means they must limit nearly all retail, including automotive retail, to 25% occupancy in any facility. Therefore even dealerships located in areas not subject to the LA County order (the Cities of Long Beach and Pasadena) must at least restrict sales floor occupancy to 25%.

In addition, dealerships should cancel any gatherings planned between November 30 and December 20. These include public events such as customer appreciation events as well as private gatherings such as holiday parties.

Your service facility may be subject to different occupancy restrictions on a case-by-case basis. Contact the attorneys of Scali Rasmussen today if you have questions about the impact of state and local health orders on your business or how to reduce your risk from COVID-19.