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Los Angeles Announces Strict New Orders To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus

Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles announced a series of strict orders on Thursday night aimed at stopping the outbreak of the coronavirus, which originated in China.

“The Los Angeles County order requires all indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds and nonessential retail businesses to close and prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people in enclosed spaces,” The Los Angeles Times reported. “The city of Los Angeles order is much more restrictive. It requires all nonessential businesses to close, with companies able to operate only through work-at-home arrangements. The order also bans all public gatherings of any size outside homes.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “All businesses, including museums, malls, retail stores, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations, must stop operations that require workers to be present in person. No public and private gatherings of any size that would occur outside of a single home will be allowed, with clear exceptions.”
The Los Angeles Times noted that “essential businesses” include “grocery stores, food banks and outdoor farmers markets; schools; child care; businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged people; gas stations; banks and financial institutions; hardware stores, plumbers and electricians; healthcare operators and facilities; transportation services; and residential facilities.”
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