New LA County “safer at home” order places additional restrictions on gatherings, closes playgrounds

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Los Angeles County has released a new, safer home order that imposes stricter limits on the utilization of gatherings and businesses, and closes playgrounds and card rooms.

The new order, which will take effect on Monday and run until at least December 20, will come as the county sees a disturbing ripple in COVID-19 cases.

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The county registered an average of more than 4,700 new cases per day, the highest since the start of the pandemic. Health officials remain particularly concerned about possible Thanksgiving gatherings as well as the upcoming December holidays, which could further increase transmission speeds.

According to the new order:

  • Public and private gatherings outside of your own household are not allowed. Exceptions are constitutionally protected church services and protests.
  • Business occupancy rates today for basic retail are 35%; 20% for non-essential retail outlets such as outdoor shopping malls and personal care services and libraries; 50% for outdoor fitness centers as well as museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums, and other recreational businesses such as percussion cages.
  • Playgrounds, except in childcare and schools, are closed. It was initially allowed to reopen in October.
  • The card rooms are closed. In early October, they were released with outdoor operations.
  • More details on the Public Health Regulation can be found here.

    The union, which represents hotel and food workers, says they support the new plan because it protects those who work on the front lines and communicate regularly with the public.

    “The decision to support the measure is science-driven and prioritizes the health of all workers – servants and cooks, as well as nurses and doctors,” said Kurt Peterson, 11 at Unite Here Local.

    Doctors also spoke out as supporters, reminding the public that more than half of the coronavirus cases were spread by people who had no symptoms.

    “If you take a negative test in one day, there is no guarantee that it will be negative the next day or the day after,” said Dr. Greg Moran of the Olive View UCLA Medical Center. “So the main message is still vigilant.”

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