The City of Los Angeles issued a Targeted Safer at Home Order yesterday in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
This prompted Mayor Eric Garcetti to say, “My message couldn’t be simpler, It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don’t do it.”
“Don’t meet up with others outside your household. Don’t host a gathering. Don’t attend a gathering.”
“And following our targeted Safer at Home order, if you’re able to stay home, stay home.”
The Order is strict with some exceptions; which include healthcare, grocery stores, farming, newspapers, television news, radio, magazine, podcast and journalism; and music, film and television production, gas stations and auto service centers among others.
Our City is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death. These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our City mean that we must resume some of the more restrictive measures we instituted in the Spring.
The way to avoid that dreaded scenario is clear. We must refrain from gathering with people from outside our household wherever possible. Angelenos have shown what is possible when we cooperate, listen, and protect our family, friends, neighbors, and favorite businesses. This most recent surge in COVID-19 cases presents us with an opportunity to work together, again, to reduce its spread and flatten the curve.
We must minimize contact with others as much as possible. Even if you believe that the virus does not present a particular threat to you, consider the impact that your choices have on others. Because COVID-19 can be transmitted by someone who is unaware that she is carrying it, one person could be unknowingly infecting many people if she is not careful. The better we are now at staying apart, the sooner we will be able to come back together.
This all comes shortly after County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors member, Sheila Kuehl was seen dining outside at Il Forno Trattoria in Santa Monica after voting to ban outdoor dining.
Through Dec. 2, LA County has reported 414,185 total confirmed cases, including 7,740 deaths.