Los Angeles Officials Say The Stay-At-Home Order Could Last 3 More Months (UPDATED)
You may want to prepare to spend the summer indoors.
Government officials just announced that the Los Angeles County stay-at-home order will likely be extended for three more months.* Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer made the announcement today during a live board meeting.
Ferrer said that the order “with all certainty” will extend through July and maybe to August.
Her statement came only two weeks afterthat Los Angeles would open more, including hair salons, nail parlors, and movie theaters.
When asked if there was a possibility that this timeline would shorten, she replied it would only if there was a “dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand.”
She went on to say that she hopes to lift restrictions over the next three months.
Since the county does not yet have widespread available testing for the novel coronavirus or rapid home test kits, it may not be likely that social distancing requirements or the stay-at-home order will ease completely.
The Los Angeles Times reports that neither Ferrer nor other county health officials were able to offer further details during the board meeting.
Los Angeles has already begun following the state's five-step recovery plan. Local beaches are still set to reopen May 13 and officials have also lifted some restrictions on local hiking trails and golf courses.
You must wear a mask while outside (with limited exceptions) and stay six feet apart from others outside of your household.
In a Twitter post today, the LA County Health Department wrote, "We want to remind everyone, both residents and businesses, that we all have to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it is very important to follow Health Officer Orders and Directives."
The state's stay-at-home order was issued on March 19 and is still in effect.
*This article has been updated.