LA residents ordered to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19
Residents of Los Angeles have been ordered to stay inside their homes and limit nonessential movement to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On Thursday evening (March 19), Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the Safer at Home emergency order which he said has become necessary to save lives.
During a press conference Mayor Garcetti said: “We’re about to enter into a new way of living here in Los Angeles. What we do and how we do it and if we get it right, this will determine how long this crisis lasts.”
The order takes effect at midnight and will remain in effect until April 19.
The Safer at Home order prohibits gathering of more than 10 people and calls for the closure on nonessential businesses.
LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said: “We know this will have an impact on the social fabric of our communities. We still encourage individuals to stay connected to their community and their loved ones in creative ways and to spend much-needed time outdoors.”
She said these restrictions will have an invaluable long-term impact.
The San Francisco Bay Area and some parts of Northern California have already imposed similar restrictions.