Los Angeles issues stay-home order as coronavirus surges

Henrietta Strickland
November 28, 2020

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Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surge out of control in the nation's most populous county.

Starting Monday, November 30, until Sunday, December 20, all public and private gatherings with people outside of their own household will be prohibited, and occupancy limits have been modified for businesses and different public sectors. The current five-day average is 4,751 cases.

The county, which is home to Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk Hollywood, reported a five-day average of 4,751 new COVID-19 cases, well above the threshold of 4,500 new cases on the same average that would trigger new restrictions.

The public health order specifically exempts religious services and protests under constitutionally protected rights in an apparent nod to Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a NY state order that had restricted the size of religious gatherings.

Health officials around the country have warned that the holiday travel season and onset of colder weather - leading to greater social mixing and people congregating indoors - is fueling a COVID-19 surge that has sent infections, hospitalizations and deaths to record levels. Religious services and protests are exempted. Non-essential retail stores will have a maximum 20% capacity, with essential stores like grocery stores and pharmacies being kept to 35%.

Face coverings must be worn for all outdoor recreation activities except swimming.

Beaches, trails and parks will remain open, but occupants must remain with those within their own household.

Golf courses, tennis courts, skate parks and bike parks are open for individuals or groups from the same household.

Cardrooms and non-school playgrounds are the only non-essential sectors that will be completely closed.

Earlier this month, the county ordered all restaurants to suspend indoor and outdoor dining for three weeks, prompting backlash and the California Restaurant Association (CRA) to seek a court order to halt the mandate.

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