Coronavirus Update: Big Layoffs at Chateau Marmont

Also rapid COVID testing, clean air, and more

» The U.S. now has the most cases of COVID-19 of any country in the world. 83,500 cases have been confirmed. [BBC]

» Contrary to online rumors, the LAPD promises that it has no plans to stop or ticket residents for simply driving or being outdoors. Enforcement will, however, be stepped up on nonessential businesses that intentionally violate the shutdown orders.[Los Angeles Times]

» A doctor in Orange County is one of the first in the U.S. to begin offering rapid, blood sample-based tests for COVID-19. The Korean-made tests offer results in 10 minutes, rather than the several days other kits require. [O.C. Register]

» Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont has laid off almost its entire staff. Workers say they were offered no severance and minimal continued health insurance, and that they have heard nothing about offers to return to their jobs when the current crisis recedes. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Senate Dems delayed a vote on the stimulus bill for two hours on Wednesday to make sure language preventing the Trump family from personally profiting off the law was included. The provision had been agreed to in advance, but was mysteriously absent from the version of the printed text that showed up when it was time to vote. [Politico]

» L.A. is experiencing another week of remarkably clean air. European experts have linked poor air quality to an increased risk for complications of COVID-19. [Curbed]


» Daily Updates on L.A. County’s COVID-19 Cases The most up-to-date stats about local patients 

» LAX Is an Eerie Ghost Town as Coronavirus Guts Air Travel Here’s what one of the busiest airports on earth looks like when travel is down 85 percent 

» L.A. County Supervisors Want Sheriff Villanueva Out of Emergency Ops Top Spot Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Supervisors and the Sheriff find themselves at loggerheads once again


jonny cota staying in inside guide

Skingraft designer and Making the Cut competitor Jonny Cota shares what he’s reading, watching, and listening to right now

For our new “Staying in with…” series, we ask interesting people what they’re watching, reading, and listening to while we all stay at home. In this edition: L.A. fashion designer Jonny Cota, who will be beaming into your home starting today in the new Heidi Klum- and Tim Gunn-hosted competition show Making the Cut. He gives us his recommendations for a must-watch doc, music for your one-person dance parties, and more.


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