Due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, health officials announced a three-week stay-at-home order, which will take effect starting Monday.

The announcement comes after 4,544 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the area and 24 deaths, Axios reports.

When the stay-at-home order goes into effect, residents are encouraged to stay around their immediate family and avoid gatherings. Whenever residents have to travel outdoors, they are advised to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth.

During the order, in-person dining will no longer be available at restaurants and other eateries. However, pick-up and delivery will remain open. Wineries and breweries will also stay open for retail sales at 20% occupancy.

Essential retail businesses will operate at 35% public capacity while indoor non-essential businesses will be required to operate at a 20% occupancy limit.

Meanwhile, schools and day camps will remain open unless they reach three or more positive COVID-19 cases across the span of 14 days. In those cases, schools would be required to shut down for two weeks.

Beaches, parks, and trails are expected to remain open but with new safety measures in place. However, playgrounds and card rooms will be closed during the three-week stay-at-home order.

“We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end and we hope that L.A. County residents continue following Public Health safety measures that we know can slow the spread,” Barbara Ferrer, the public health director for LA County, said in a statement.

“Acting with collective urgency right now is essential if we want to put a stop to this surge. Please remain home as much as possible and do not gather with others not in your household for the next three weeks.”

People eat outside Hot and Cool Cafe, a Black-owned small business in Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California People eat outside Hot and Cool Cafe, a Black-owned small business in Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California Photo: AFP / Patrick T. Fallon