L.A. Extends ‘Safer at Home’ Order, Closure of All Non-essential Business

Los Angeles County isn’t letting up on its lockdown order for citizens and business closures anytime soon. During a daily tele-briefing, county officials said “safer at home” rules ordering people to stay inside whenever possible and the close of all nonessential business will now run through at least May 15. That is a full month longer than the county initially said the rules would be in place. California also has a state-wide “safer at home” mandate, but Governor Gavin Newsom did not project an end date when he enacted the order in mid-March. “We are seeing a true flattening of the curve,” Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said, describing a decrease in the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. “But because there are so many people infected, we have to continue this.” The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in California just surpassed 20,000 and is approaching 8,000 in L.A. County. The county has 10 million residents and includes the city of L.A., as well as major cities like Long Beach, Pasadena and Santa Monica. Ferrer also described new requirements for all essential businesses that remain open, mainly grocery stores but also those businesses that

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