On the evening of March 19, 2020, the Governor of California issued an order which requires all individuals living in the State to stay home or in their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, which include the financial services industry. Governor Newsom issued a list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers “to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.” The Mayor of Los Angeles issued a “Safer at Home” Order which temporarily prohibits events and gatherings of 10 persons or more in Los Angeles County. “Non-Essential Retail Businesses” were ordered to be immediately closed. “Essential Retail Businesses,” which include banks, credit unions and related financial institutions, are permitted to stay open, provided they comply with the following rules:
(1) Practice social distancing within the confined space by requiring attendees to be separated by six (6) feet;
(2) Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;
(3) Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough; and
(4) Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.