Wednesday, May 13, 2020

LA county extending stay at home orders for another 3 months - what businesses will even be left to open?

(UPDATEL fwiw)

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The mayor of LA has attempted to play down the county's lockdown extension through to August, saying that all the health director meant was for people to 'cover our faces, physically distance and that you're safest working from and staying at home'.⠀⠀ ⠀ Mayor Eric Garcetti backpedaled on comments made by LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday where she said stay-at-home orders in LA will 'with all certainty' be extended for the next three months.⠀ ⠀ In a rambling interview with Good Morning America Wednesday, Garcetti said Ferrer simply meant current health precautions would continue and insisted 'there's no so-called open state or open country' that doesn't still have some health orders in place. ⠀ ⠀ Garcetti went on to say LA has 'never been fully closed' and will 'never be completely open until we have a cure'. ⠀ ⠀ LA continues to see a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths, with the county announcing another 961 cases and 45 deaths on Tuesday.⠀ ⠀ This takes the total death toll in LA to 1,613, meaning it makes up more than half of the 2,882 deaths across the whole of California. ⠀ ⠀ Confirmed cases have reached 33,180, according to county figures as of 8pm Monday.⠀ ⠀ Garcetti stopped short of denying reports that LA will be shuttered until August but insisted Ferrer's comments were 'taken out of context'.⠀ ⠀ 'I think we have to all recognize that we're not moving beyond COVID-19, we're learning to live with it,' said Garcetti.⠀ ⠀ 'It's important not to overreact but it's important to take this serious because it's as dangerous today as it was the first day it arrived in our cities and our country.⠀ ⠀ 'So quite frankly there's no so-called open state or open country that doesn't continue to have health orders telling us to cover our faces, physically distance and to tell people that you're safest working from and staying at home - that's all the county health director was saying and we can't expect that to disappear in a matter of weeks or even a few months.'⠀ —TheDailyMail

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