March 31, 2020 - 4:30 pm
As the health and safety of visitors to Los Angeles is paramount, Los Angeles Tourism is committed to providing travelers with accurate and timely information about traveling to the city safely.
We are working closely with Los Angeles City & County officials and LAX Airport while also monitoring the latest developments from the CDC and LA County Public Health regarding the evolving the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on travel to L.A.
On March 22, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announced the closure of the city's beaches, beach parking lots, golf courses, as well as sports and recreation at city parks. Santa Monica and unincorporated areas in the county followed suit. All hiking trails in LA County are also closed. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority also announced it will close all parks, trails and facilities that it owns or operates, including all parkland that is owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
On March 19, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti joined County officials to issue a “Safer at Home” emergency order – ordering residents to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely essential (i.e. groceries, pharmacies). Restaurants may continue to offer food via delivery, takeout or drive-through but are prohibited from serving food to dine-in customers. This order requires all museums, indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds, non-essential retail businesses, non-profits to temporarily close and prohibits gathering in enclosed spaces of more than 10 people. Shortly after this order, California Governor Newsom issued a stay-at-home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians.
The CDC has updated its FAQ about traveling safely within the continental U.S., providing information on things to consider before travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Closures & Cancellations
Out of an abundance of caution, our Visitor Information Centers until further notice.
To the best of our ability, Los Angeles Tourism will update a list of attraction closures and event cancellations to keep travelers informed as the situation develops: https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/events/event-cancellations-and-venue-closures
However, for the most up-to-date information, travelers planning a visit should reach out directly to the attractions, venues, ticket providers and tour companies they booked with or planned to visit. Questions about travel or accommodations postponements should be directed to the transportation companies and hotels booked by the traveler.
Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC
Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling:
- Wash hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department
LA County Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles’ mass notification system used to provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations, to Los Angeles residents, businesses and subscribers via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail in case of emergencies or critical situations. Because NotifyLA uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system. In order to receive a notification via your cell phone, Voice over IP (VoIP) number or email, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address in NotifyLA. NotifyLA uses geomapping so alerts are targeted by geographic location. That means, alerts will only be sent to the subscribers in the area impacted by the emergency.
Emergency Management Department
The Emergency Management Department has five divisions comprised of administrative staff and specialists that work with City departments, municipalities and an array of community-based organizations to ensure that the City and its residents have the resources and information they need to prepare, respond and recover from emergencies, disasters and significant events.
200 N. Spring St, Room 1533
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Call 9-1-1 when there is a life-threatening emergency that requires the immediate response of emergency services such as police, fire or paramedic.
- Non-emergency Police: 877-275-5273
- TTY Service: 213-847-0652
- Park-related emergencies: 323-913-7390
- Water Service: 800-342-5397
- Power Service: 800-342-5397
- Gas Service: 800-427-2200
- Traffic Signals: 818-374-4823
- Road closures (Cal Trans): 800-427-7623
- Street Lights: 800-996-2489
- American Red Cross public information: 213-739-5200
- Animal Services: 888-452-7381
- Building Inspection: 888-524-2845
- Storm damage/mud slide reports: 888-524-2845
- Refuse collection: 800-773-2489
- Sewer/storm drain problems: 800-773-2489
- Trees down/debris removal & related problems: 800-996-2489