LOS ANGELES — After remarks to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors indicating that LA could extend its stay at home orders until August, Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made clarifications, and issued a new revision on Wednesday during their respective briefings.
Garcetti said that the LA’s stay-at-home order has no fixed date — but restrictions will continue to be lifted gradually in the coming weeks and months.
“No, Los Angeles County is not going to be on lockdown for three months. Look at this past week and this week and brave steps forward. This hasn’t been a week of retreat,” said Garcetti. “We’ve had to make tough calls, but based on the advice of our public health officials and people out there who are suffering to take steps forward to do things like opening up our trails, this weekend, to get some of our stores to get back in business with curbside pick up and to allow us today to go even further.”
“We continue to call our order safer at home to emphasize that all of us are still more protected when we remain home as much as possible. Under this new order there are two additional categories of lower risk businesses that are able to reopen, all retailers are able to open for door side pick up and deliveries at the door with the exception of those that are located in indoor shopping centers and malls and manufacturing and logistic businesses that supply the lower risk businesses may also now reopen,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA Public Health Director.
The public is still not allowed to shop inside retail businesses.
LA beaches were reopened on Wednesday, but will be limited to activities such as running, walking, jogging, swimming and kayaking. Group sports and sunbathing continue to be banned, along with beach chairs, coolers, and umbrellas.
In recent days, many Filipino families in Southern California took advantage of the warm weather and eased restrictions, going outdoors while maintaining health protocols.
“We are reopening in stages where we look at businesses and activities that can reopen safely based on the intensity of contact that people have with each other and the ability to modify the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in these spaces and places and businesses.”
LA County has now seen over 34,000 COVID-19 cases with some 1600 deaths. Officials still urge residents to stay home as much as possible.