As total confirmed coronavirus cases in California approach 1.3 million, Los Angeles residents have been ordered to stay in their homes while all non-essential activities are banned under a new lockdown order issued by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday.
” My message could not be simpler. It is time to cower. It’s time to call it all off. And if it is not absolutely necessary, don’t do it. Do not meet with others outside your household. Do not arrange a meeting. Do not attend any meeting,” the mayor said in a video message on Wednesday.
“Our city is now on the verge of a devastating tipping point beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would begin to overwhelm our hospital system, risking unnecessary suffering and death,” the mayor noted in the latest order.
“These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our city mean that we must resume some of the more restrictive measures we introduced in the spring,” he added.
Here we take a closer look at the new rules under the city’s most recent Home Accommodation Regulations.
Residents must stay at home
Apart from those for whom exceptions apply, “all persons living in the city of Los Angeles are instructed to stay in their homes.
“Persons at high risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 and those who are ill are urged to stay in their homes as much as possible, unless necessary to receive medical care,” the order stated.
Only persons who are engaged in “vital activities” may legally leave their homes, including all medical facilities, including hospitals, clinics, dentists and pharmacies.
Exceptions are also made for grocery stores and other establishments offering food and supplies, and for stores selling beer, wine and spirits.
Organizations and stores offering food, accommodation and social services also remain open.
For a complete list of those that are exempt from the latest restrictions, please refer to the Mayor’s Order.
Travel is prohibited
Any movement on foot, by bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile or public transport is prohibited under the new regulations.
With the exception of those covered by an exemption, “All persons over the age of 16 who travel to the city of Los Angeles from another state or country must complete and submit an online travel form upon arrival and certify that they have read and understand the California State’s Travel Instructions. Failure to submit the form will result in a fine of up to $500,” the order warned.
The travel form and instructions can be found on the city government website.
Meetings with another household are prohibited
The order notes: “All public and private gatherings of any number of people from more than one household are prohibited.
Exceptions apply to persons who attend church services in the open or participate in an outdoor personal protest while wearing a face cover, maintaining social distance, and following the Los Angeles County Protocol guidelines for public demonstrations.
Places of worship may remain open, “provided that the gathering of those gathered is held in the open and after implementation of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s protocol for places of worship,” the order states.
The New Year brings hope – for vaccines and for stopping this pandemic.
But here is the truth: We are facing a long, hard winter.
If the worst hits us, stay at home as often as you can. Cancel all non-essential activities.
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– MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) December 3, 2020
Schools are closed for personal learning
All public and private schools (K-12) and school districts within Los Angeles are required to provide distance education only.
All public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities may be opened only “for the purpose of facilitating distance learning, planning for the coming school year or performing essential functions, provided that a social distance of six feet per person is maintained,” the order states.
Colleges and universities “may continue to provide personal training and instruction to essential workers for necessary activities that cannot be accomplished through virtual learning.
“All other academic instruction must continue to be provided through distance learning as defined in the county’s protocols for colleges,” the order said.
Restaurants limited to delivery, pick-up, drive-thru
In restaurants it is forbidden to dine in person, while the delivery, pick up and drive-thru options are allowed.
Restaurants offering pick-up services must provide social distance between customers queuing to pick up their food, maintaining a six-foot distance between guests.
“Schools and other establishments that typically provide free catering services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Regulation, provided that the catering is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and delivery basis only,” the Regulation states.
Some retail and leisure facilities open with restrictions
Retail outlets open for indoor operation are limited to 20 percent capacity and “may not allow customers indoors between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Pacific, but may remain open for roadside delivery and collection.
Shopping malls and malls may also open at a 20 percent capacity, while restaurants and other food facilities in these locations will remain closed for food service.
Some recreational facilities, including parks, hiking trails, beaches and gyms, will remain open, but they “must remain closed for operations between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Pacific,” the order said.
Beach piers and all outdoor and indoor pools that accept members from more than one household will be closed. Gymnasiums and personal hygiene facilities, including hair salons and hairdressers, will remain open with changes.
” Fitness facilities, including private gyms, may only be opened for outdoor use with a maximum capacity of 50 percent. The interiors of fitness facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
“The capacity in the indoor areas of personal care facilities is limited to 20 percent of the maximum capacity,” the order stated.
The overall picture
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 64.5 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.
More than 1.4 million people have died worldwide and more than 41.5 million have recovered by Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The chart below, produced by Statista, shows the countries with the most COVID 19 cases.
The following graph, prepared by Statista, shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses seized by different countries.