Well being officers in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, introduced a brand new Covid-19 stay-at-home order Friday that can ban most private and non-private gatherings.
The brand new restrictions, to take impact Monday and to remain in place at the least till Dec. 20, will prohibit private and non-private gatherings aside from these individuals already dwelling collectively. Non secular companies and protests will probably be exempted.
“Residents are suggested to remain residence as a lot as attainable and at all times put on a face overlaying over their nostril and mouth when they’re outdoors their family and round others,” the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being stated in a press release Friday.
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The brand new guidelines affecting the county’s 10 million residents will restrict important retailers to 35 % capability and non-essential shops to 20 %. Out of doors health facilities and museums will probably be restricted to 50 % regular capability, and gatherings at seashores are banned. Playgrounds will stay closed.
The restrictions comply with a brand new ban Wednesday on out of doors eating (indoor eating was already banned), leaving eating places to supply takeout and supply solely.
The stricter guidelines come after the five-day common for brand spanking new circumstances surpassed 4,500, a threshold set by the county Nov. 17. Public well being officers stated then that if the county reached that threshold, new restrictions could be put in place.
On Friday, the well being division reported a five-day common of 4,751 circumstances and 24 deaths in a 24-hour interval.
The well being division stated the case numbers “stay at alarming ranges” whereas hospitalizations “proceed to extend.”
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Liza Torres contributed.