At a Wednesday afternoon press briefing, officials clarified the details of what businesses and facilities in Los Angeles County may reopen starting on May 8.
“L.A. County wants to ensure that any restrictions we ease are in the best interests of the health of our residents,” said Kathryn Barger, chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.”What’s right for other counties may not necessarily be what’s right for Los Angeles County. As we are the most densely populated county in the state, our guidelines will certainly look different than others.”
Even as things begin to reopen to the public, strict guidelines about physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings must remain in place. At hiking trails, county staff will be sent out to manage crowds and enforce distancing. While several categories of retailers may reopen, they can only offer curbside pick-ups and deliveries, not in-store shopping.
Barger noted that, while this may seem like only a short list of categories, it represents only the first wave of reopenings, with many more to come.
“The Department of Public Health will allow other businesses to open up as soon as they can guarantee guidelines are in place to ensure safety of staff and their customers,” she said.
Types of Businesses and Facilities Allowed to Open on May 8
Sporting goods stores
Full details of the reopening guidelines can be found on the County’s COVID-19 response website. Barger stated that additional information about guidelines for reopening businesses and the full official order will be posted on that site before Friday.
In a document posted to the recovery site, the county further clarified what the next steps will look like. After the first round of conditional reopening on Friday, there will be a second wave under the ‘Stage Two’ label. That wave will include museums, health facilities, libraries, outdoor recreation centers, and low-risk workplaces including some manufacturing and offices.
While no specific date is noted, based on Mayor Garcetti’s previous comments that suggest a plan to wait about 14 days after each reopening step, that second wave might come as early as May 22–assuming, of course, that infection and hospitalization rates continue to trend in the right direction.
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