Daily Brief: Bernie and Biden Debate Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Also coronavirus testing, a new CDC recommendation, and more

» Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders met Sunday for a debate under unusual circumstances. Here are five major take-aways from the event. [CNN]

» Why are so few people are actually getting tested for the novel coronavirus? A number of local patients are expressing frustration. [Daily Breeze]

» The first incident of a LAPD officer contracting COVID-19 has been confirmed. The patient is a supervisor with the Pacific Division.  [NBC Los Angeles]

» The CDC recommends avoiding large gatherings for eight weeks. Hope you weren’t planning anything for April. [CNBC]

» All criminal and civil trials in Los Angeles County will be suspended for at least a month. That will include the closely-watched murder trial of Robert Durst. [Patch]


» LAUSD Is Getting Some Help from PBS to Keep Kids Learning During the Shutdown Half of LAUSD students do not have their own computer at home

» Traveling in the Time of Coronavirus? Get Ready to Fly the Unfriendly Skies Whatever you do, don’t cough

» The FBI’s Shocking Case Against a Former L.A. Councilman Could Be the Tip of the Iceberg A deeper look at what we know about troubling past and uncertain future of former Valley rep Mitch Englander



<> at Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub on December 9, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.

All L.A. Bars, Gyms, and Movie Theaters Are Closed at Mayor’s Order

At a press conference Sunday evening, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that all Los Angeles bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters, and performance venues will be ordered to close as of midnight Sunday night, and remain closed until at least March 31 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants will be closed to eat-in diners, but can continue to fulfill takeout and delivery orders.

“I signed an order tonight that will do the following: It prevents people from gathering in close proximity by banning and closing our bars and nightclubs. Second, restaurants and retail facilities we will now have prohibited on-site food, but permitted for delivery, takeout and drive-through. Again, restaurants will be closed for dining inside…groceries, pharmacies, and food banks are, of course, exempt from this order. Movie theaters, performance venues, bowling alleys, arcades, gyms, and fitness centers will be closed to the public.”

He noted that the city can’t mandate that churches close, but implored houses of worship to consider halting services.


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