City of Vernon California

COVID-19 Resources for Essential Businesses in Vernon

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to escalate, the County of Los Angeles and the State of California have announced new restrictions on public movement in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of the public.

While the recent orders call for the immediate closure of many retail and commercial establishments and direct the public to remain at home, they also allow for the ongoing operation of essential businesses and functions.

Following a revised Order from the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued on April 10, 2020, Vernon's Health and Environmental Control Department has announced new requirements for those essential businesses that continue to operate in the City.

New Requirements for Essential Businesses in Vernon

Effective April 16, 2020, the Department of Health and Environmental Control is putting in place the following requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community and businesses in the City of Vernon.

  • Essential businesses must implement a social distancing protocol, which includes a requirement to provide all of their employees whose duties require contact with other employees and/or the public with a cloth face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.
  • Essential businesses are directed to continue to maximize the number of employees who work from home.
  • Essential businesses must follow industry-specific guidance issued by the Health Officer on the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health website related to COVID-19: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/.
  • Essential businesses must send an email notification to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  upon confirmation of an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

In addition to the requirements listed above, essential businesses must comply with the directives in the revised County of Los Angeles Health Officer Order issued on April 10, 2020 available for review here.

Failure to comply with and adhere to the City's requirements or the Orders of the County of Los Angeles may result in being cited or prosecuted for State, County or City code violations.

For any questions, please contact the Department of Health and Environmental Control at (323) 826-1448.

Essential Business Access Letter

The City of Vernon is committed to supporting businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak and will remain available to assist Vernon business needs.  If your business is an "Essential Business" as defined by the Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19, issued by the County of Los Angeles on March 19, 2020 (the "Los Angeles County Order") and/or Executive Order N-33-20 issued by the Governor of California on March 19, 2020 (the "State Order"), the City of Vernon can provide a letter to help your business and its employees maintain access to essential facilities.

To request an "Access Letter" please call (323) 826-1448 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the following:

  • Company Name & Contact Information
  • Information about the company and role that deems your business as an essential employer

The City continues to monitor COVID-19 developments closely and will communicate any changes.

Food Facilities

In order to appropriately respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued the Safer at Home Order which placed certain requirements on retail food facilities, including grocery stores and restaurants. Los Angeles Public Health has made available resources, including Guidance for Food Facilities and Guidance for Delivery and Pickup of Food, in order to assist retail food facilities in remaining in compliance with the Order and lowering the risk of exposure to both customers and employees.

Additional Resources