Los Angeles County measures affecting 20 million people in and around the country’s second-largest city, beyond the curfew imposed last week by California Governor Gavin Ni News Janam – mostly social gatherings And excluding other non-essential activities. 10pm to 5am.
Taken together, they represent the toughest Covid-19 measures implemented in the Los Angeles area since the first nationwide lockout in the state of California in early March, the beginning of the epidemic. They are effectively one of the most restrictive in the country.
State and local authorities have set, or re-imposed, various restrictions on social and economic activities in the hope of ending the coronavirus wave across the country after the late summer delay.
Politicians and health officials have urged Americans tired of the epidemic in recent days to stay home, avoid gatherings and reduce Christmas shopping as they wait for the promised vaccines.
Announcing the latest temporary interruptions, LA County health officials said the daily number of newly documented infections has risen to more than 500 cases in five days, with additional contingency measures already in place. The limit was crossed.
Under the new LA County Order, which runs through December 20, residents are advised – but not required – to stay home as much as possible and to wear facial ings outside their homes or around others whenever possible. To wear.
However, any social gathering of people from more than one household is prohibited, whether in public or private, or indoors or outdoors. The latest order still allows for some measure of trading activity, albeit at a lower level.
This reduces the maximum occupancy level for “essential” retailers, including grocery stores, to 35% of capacity, while non-essential retail locations such as indoor shopping malls and personal care services such as nail salons increase capacity by 20%. Can stay open on .
Beaches, paths and parks also remain open, as long as people keep a distance from others outside their homes and wear a mask. The same applies to golf courses, tennis courts, skate parks and other outdoor recreational areas.
All indoor and outdoor services in bars, restaurants, wineries and breweries are prohibited under the previous county order which restricts them to pick-up and drop-off only.
Health officials across the country have warned that the holiday season and the onset of cold weather are accelerating social gatherings and indoor gatherings – which have led to the spread of Covid-19. Hospital admissions and deaths have been sent to record levels.
To date, approximately 388,000 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Los Angeles County, including more than 7,600 deaths, with a positive return of 10% of all diagnostic tests – twice the rate considered by health officials. .