Los Angeles Extends Its Stay At Home Order & Makes Masks Mandatory For Everyone
We're going to stay inside for a while.
LA residents just received an updated order from state health officials. Los Angeles County extended its stay at home order through May 15. The order applies to specific local businesses as well.
The initial order was set to expire on April 19. The County of Los Angeles has also instructed residents to wear masks as they go out in public per Mayor Eric Garcetti.
"Each of us is a first responder in this crisis. That’s why we’re taking action to protect workers and customers at many critical businesses. Cover up. Keep your distance. Save lives. #LAProtects The Worker Protection Order is now in effect in @LACity," said Garcetti.
According to this new order, businesses are allowed to refuse customers who do not wear face coverings.
"We know physical distancing orders have taken a toll on the community. And we thank you for doing so. "I am grateful for your efforts and I thank you for continuing them for the next several weeks," said the county spokesperson Kathryn Barger.
The decision was just announced via a live video update from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. According to County officials, this includes continued closures of public beaches, parks, and trails.
All essential business workers are now required to wear protective face coverings while they work. Businesses will also be required to list information regarding social distancing requirements keeping customers six feet apart.
Public Health reported these requirements will be in effect on April 15.
Sheriff Alex Villaneuva also noted that overall crime is down 4.5% in comparison to the same time last year and the call for service is down 11%.
"Things are changing for the better for now. so we just have to keep working together. Overall, the public is complying. We're not here to be the bearer of bad news. But it's a testament to the public" to work together said Villaneuva.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the stay at home order on March 19. Since, nearly 40 million people have been ordered to stay at home with the exception of emergencies and essential needs.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports there are 7,955 novel Coronavirus cases as of April 9. This includes cases reported by Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments. It also includes 223 deaths.
* This article has been updated.