Coronavirus Update: Masks Will Now Be Mandatory at LAX and on City Buses

Also Lebron James mourns Ahmaud Arbery, L.A. hiking trails open Saturday, and more

» Masks will now be mandatory at LAX and on city buses. The requirement will go into effect on Monday, expanding existing mask guidelines. [Los Angeles Times]

» Los Angeles city trails will wait until Saturday to open and will require masks and distancing for hikers. Runyon Canyon will remain closed until further notice. [KTLA]

» A man has died from COVID-19 while in ICE custody. Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia was named on a list of medically vulnerable detainees a judge ordered ICE to review. He had lived in L.A. since 1980 when he fled civil war in El Salvador. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

» LeBron James issued a public statement of outrage over the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man shot by two white men while jogging near his own home. “We’re literally hunted every day, every time we step foot outside the comfort of our homes,” the Laker star wrote.  [USA Today]

» Disneyland hotels have pushed back the earliest available reservation date to July 1. No reopening date for the park itself has been confirmed. [O.C. Register]

» Health experts warn that a rush to reopen could result in a spike in new infections. “There’s no clinical evidence that shelter-in-place should be relaxed at this point,” said Santa Clara County executive officer Dr. Jeffrey Smith. [Los Angeles Times]


» Grand Park’s 4th of July Party Will Be Online-Only This Year—but What About the Fireworks? Angelenos can celebrate the freedom to stay safer at home

» For Some Hollywood Players, Dungeons & Dragons Is the Hottest Game in Town Vince Vaughn, Tom Morello, and other dudes are apparently geeking out in Joe Manganiello’s a basement

»Big-Name L.A. Chefs will Answer Your Burning Cooking Questions for a Really Good Cause #AskChefsAnything is auctioning expert kitchen advice to help support immigrant restaurant workers



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For Indie Record Stores Forced to Close During the Pandemic, Instagram Has Become a Lifeline

With a statewide shutdown of non-essential retail establishments temporarily closing physical record stores during the COVID-19 pandemic, some L.A.-area businesses have turned to Instagram to help them fill the sales void. “You’ve got to get resourceful and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” says John Roller, owner of Glendale’s Mono Records. And, at the record stores we contacted, Instagram has been an incredibly helpful tool during a dire time for small businesses.

“I wasn’t sure that we would be able to maintain things, keep things going,” says Rene Perez, co-owner of Sonido del Valle. The Boyle Heights shop relied primarily on in-person sales prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the retail shutdown, however, the store began posting items for sale on Instagram. “We’re still selling every time we post,” he says. “As long as things stay this way, we should be OK until June or whenever we’re able to open again.”


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