LA County Issues Curfew Restrictions to Reduce Crowds and Potential Exposure to COVID

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    Los Angeles County health officials issued curfew restrictions that effect businesses like restaurants, wineries and other non-essential service providers. The limited curfew is an effort to reduce the gathering of large crowds at night and to hopefully reduce the potential exposure of the coronavirus.

    Business like eateries, breweries and wineries are now limited to a maximum of 50% outdoor capacity. Under the updated health Order announced earlier this week, a list of businesses and other non-essential establishments must close between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.—however, businesses can still offer pick-up and delivery services outside of these hours.

    Some businesses such as retailers, offices and personal care services, will be allowed to continue operations, but they are required to limit their capacity to just 25%. Services at personal care businesses are required to see their clients via appointment only.

    California Governor Gavin Newsom echoed the curfew restrictions with a limited Stay at Home Order throughout the state. “Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order.” he tweeted this past Thursday. “Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in purple tiers. This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month. Together, we can flatten the curve again.

    Los Angeles County officials say the new order is not a curfew. The County is merely implementing restrictions on operating hours to slow the potential spread of the virus.

    L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told Fox LA reporter told Bill Melugin that LASD’s enforcement of the curfew restrictions will focus on nonessential businesses violating the order. Priority will be voluntary compliance, but will write citations/criminal reports for egregious violations. Villanueva added that LASD will not make arrests.

    Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Los Angeles County could face a safer-at-home order if the five-day average of COVID-19 cases exceeds 4,500 or if hospitalizations exceed 2,000 per day. That order would remain in effect for at least three weeks. There were nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases this past Thursday, which is the most it has seen in any one day since the pandemic began. California also set another record with more than 13,000 cases a day three times this past Monday, Thursday and Friday, according to an independent county-by-county tally conducted by The Times. Before this week, there was only one day California recorded more than 13,000 cases in a single day, in early August.

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