Economic Services

Click here to review public information (June 15, 2020, 3:30 p.m.) that is a high-level summary of events being managed by the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center tasked with the emergency response and coordination of Countywide resources to address the COVID-19 disaster.  Please share this information with your family, fellow residents, municipal, state & community partners.



Only certain business operations and activities are exempt from the interruption of in-person activities as outlined by the State of California Safer-At-home guidelines. This is to assist in providing services that are recognized to be critical to the health and well-being of the City.

June 11, 2020

Protocols for Owners of Commercial Buildings

Reopening Protocol for Community Gardens

Reopening Protocol for Car Washes

General Reopening Checklists for Golf Courses

Reopening Protocol for Gyms and Fitness Establishments

Reopening Protocol for Hair Salons and Barbershops

Reopening Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production

Protocol for Places of Worship

Protocol for Public Demonstrations

Protocols for Retail Establishments - Opening for In-person Shopping

Reopening Protocol for Warehousing, Manufacturing and Logistic Establishments

May 12, 2020

Click here - Reopening Protocol for Use of Public Beaches

Click Here - Reopening Protocol for BMX areas and Bike Parks

Click Here - Reopening Protocol for Community Gardens

Reopening Protocol for Tennis and Pickleball Courts

May 8, 2020

Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Limited Reopening of Certain Lower Risk Retail Businesses

Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol of Retail Establishments

Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol for Golf Courses

Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol for Public Trails

Click Here - Order of the Public Health Officer - Reopening Protocol for Car Dealerships

Essential business activity include:

  • All healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical and scientific research, laboratories, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, veterinary care and pet day care providers (excluding pet grooming and training), mental and behavioral health providers, substance use providers, physical therapists and chiropractors, cannabis dispensaries, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services, manufacturers and suppliers. Healthcare operations does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.
  • Grocery stores, water retailers, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse stores, food banks, certified farmers’ markets and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food and medication supply (but not grooming or training), fresh or frozen meats, fish, and poultry, any other household consumer products (such as construction supplies, cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell beer, wine, and liquor, groceries and other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. The portions of wineries, breweries and taprooms that provide tastings to the public are closed.
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing.
  • Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence, and homeless services agencies).
  • Newspapers, television news, radio, magazine, podcast and journalism.
  • Gas service stations, auto part supply, mobile auto repair operations, auto repair shops (including, without limitation, auto repair shops that operate adjacent to or otherwise in connection with a used or retail auto dealership), bicycle repair shops and related facilities. No auto dealership may operate, with the exception of its auto service and part stores. Fully automated or self-service car washes are permitted to operate; car washes that require personnel are not permitted to operate.
  • Banks, credit unions, financial institutions, insurance companies and pawn shops.
  • Hardware and building supply stores, day labor centers, and nurseries.
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, day laborers, landscapers, gardeners, property managers and leasing agents, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities discussed in this subsection.
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, boxes and packaging, and post office boxes.
  • Educational institutions -- including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities – may operate for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, if social/physical distancing of six-feet per person is maintained.
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers.
  • Restaurants and retail food facilities that prepare and offer food to customers, but only via delivery service, to be picked up, or drive-thru. For those establishments offering food pick-up options, proprietors are directed to establish social distancing practices for those patrons in the queue for pick-up. This includes maintaining a distance of at least six-feet away from others. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and carry out basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or any other gathering site. Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes, or similar facilities are also exempt from the Order. Social distancing shall be maintained at a distance of at least six-feet away from others.
  • Businesses that supply or provide storage for products needed for people to work from home.
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained. This includes, without limitation, utility companies.
  • Individuals and businesses that ship, truck, transport, or provide logistical support to deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences or businesses, engaged in essential activities or essential infrastructure.
  • Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, car rental companies, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in the Order.
  • Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children.
  • Residential facilities and shelters for homeless residents, disabled persons, seniors, adults, children and animals.
  •  Professional services, such as legal, leasing and real estate transactions, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in the permitting, inspection, construction, transfer and recording of ownership of housing, and when necessary to achieve compliance with legally mandated activities. Vacant units and real property may be shown, provided that appointments and other residential viewings must occur virtually or, if a virtual viewing is not feasible, by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same household or living unit and one individual showing the unit (except that in-person visits are not allowed when the occupant is still residing in the residence).
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:
    (1) Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day), 
    (2) Children shall not change from one group to another,
    (3) If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other,                            
    (4) Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
  • Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers). Essential personnel may leave their residence to provide any service or perform any work deemed essential for national security including, without limitation, defense, intelligence, and aerospace development and manufacturing for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and NASA and other federal government, and or United States Government departments and agencies. Essential personnel include prime, sub-prime, and supplier contractor employees, at both the prime contract level and any supplier level at any tier, working on federal United States Government contracts, such as contracts for national intelligence and national security requirements.
  • Businesses that manufacture or sell personal protective equipment or cloth or fabric face coverings, and businesses that sell materials for purposes of assembling such face coverings, subject to the following conditions: for manufacturers, at least 50% of daily production must consist of personal protective equipment, cloth or fabric face covering or other essential products; for retail businesses, their products may be available to purchasers by delivery or pick-up but may not be open to the public. Otherwise non-essential businesses may not render themselves essential for purposes of the Safer at Home Order by adopting similar sales protocols.
  • Businesses qualify as essential if they provide any services or goods or perform any work necessary to build, operate, maintain or manufacture essential infrastructure, including without limitation construction of public health operations, commercial, office and institutional buildings, residential buildings and housing; airport operations, food supply, concessions, and construction; port operations and construction; water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil extraction and refining; roads and highways, public transportation and rail; solid waste collection, removal, and recycling; flood control and watershed protection; internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, phone retail sales and servicing, and web-based services); and manufacturing and distribution companies deemed essential to the supply chains of the industries referenced in this paragraph.
  • The “Safer at Home” Order does not apply to employees of government agencies working within the course and scope of their public service employment.
  • All first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel, and related contractors and others working for emergency services providers are categorically exempt from the “Safer at Home” Order



Dear Compton Leadership, 
I hope this outreach message finds you all well and encouraged.  As we have all experienced, the social distancing measures and business closure mandates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life across the nation and will continue to present known and unanticipated challenges in the upcoming weeks. 

Our primary responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of our residents.  Moreover, we are focused on mobilizing resources and shared efforts to support our business community, especially our small businesses, and prepare collectively for a new reality for the foreseeable future.
I recognize that uncertain times await us, however I know that together, there is nothing that we can’t achieve.
Our city council and city leadership team are working diligently to plan ahead to ensure that the needs of our community are met.  For that reason, we are launching the Compton United Response Effort, an all hands-on deck approach to assessing and meeting the needs of our community.   
Our first priority will be to designate the city’s urgent response needs, such as:  

  • Clear access to local medical care
  • Food pantry access
  • Meal preparation
  • Resource delivery
  • Emergency shelter

If you would like to be a part of this effort, please email us at and designate your organization’s contact person. Please provide their first and last name, email and phone number. We are especially in need of churches, community organizations, block clubs and business entities to join us.
Our first community briefing call will take place Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3:00pm.
Login details will be provided upon confirmation. 
Thank you for your dedication to the community, we look forward to serving with  you. 

The City of Compton has created a Resource Guide that will be updated regularly.   You can access the guide HERE.


Mission Statement

To consistently build-up and manage commerce by delivering diverse business services vital to entrepreneurial activities in the expansion, retention and attraction of quality goods and services for the Public who live, work and play in the City of Compton.

Core Services

  • Expand businesses, by increasing their growth capacity,
  • Retain businesses, helping fledgling businesses become viable and sustainable,
  • Attract new businesses, creating an environment of opportunity, designing and, in some cases, going-after incentive programs that draw new businesses to Compton, and
  • Develop businesses, creating and supporting business start-up strategies that encourage micro and small business formation, training and equipping individuals for self-employment.

Service Goals

  • Develop, promote and deliver resources and incentives that help ensure the fiscal health and competitiveness of Compton businesses.
  • Actively involve the business community in shaping and implementing effective innovative economic development and growth initiatives that will make Compton a world class and next generation City.
  • Aggressively search out, facilitate and capitalize on future business opportunities that, once realized, will provide City of Compton residents with significant, economic, cultural and social benefits.

The City of Compton Electorate and Office of the City Manager promote and support a sustainable and viable business environment in order to preserve and expand the City's economy.

It is principally clear that having a healthy and vibrant business climate expands employment opportunities, expands the municipal tax base, and generates the necessary funds to deliver quality public services to all who live, work, and play in the City of Compton.

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