Los Angeles County got some terrible news last night concerning the coronavirus stay-at-home order with officials now saying things might be on lockdown until July or August. This, simply put, is a measure that could obliterate their economy, and there’s little doubt this move is going to wear on the patience of folks who are eager to get back to work and start providing for their families again.
Barbara Ferrer, County Public Health Director, spoke about the extension saying,”Our hope is that by using the data we’d be able to slowly lift registrations over the next three months. But without widely available therapeutic testing for the coronavirus or rapid at-home testing versions that would allow people to test themselves daily, it seems unlikely that restrictions would be completely eased.”
Here’s more information from Fox News:
The county’s stay-at-home order was extended last month through May 15. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the state is giving counties the authority to loosen restrictions, like allowing shopping malls to reopen with curbside pickup.
Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the U.S., already has eased some restrictions by allowing golf courses, car dealerships and some retail shops to resume operations with certain rules in place, according to the newspaper. Hiking trails and beaches will reopen Wednesday with social distancing measures.
No sitting or lying on the sand will be allowed and face masks are required.
So what’s the point of going to the beach then? Good grief.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said something rather disturbing about the extension that should be sending up red flags for everyone who lives in the Los Angeles county area.
“We’re not moving past COVID-19, we’re learning to live with it — and we will keep taking measured steps toward a new, safer reality in the days and weeks ahead,” Garcetti stated.
That statement is pregnant with meaning, but we can only speculate as to what the actual intent of that statement is. Could Garcetti have just indicated that there might be permanent measures taken as the future progresses to stop the spread of COVID-19? That is very, very scary.
Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.