UPDATE: As a preventative measure for the spread of coronavirus, Mayor Eric Garcetti took to Facebook Live to announce that he has now taken executive action to close all movie theaters, bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues and gyms until March 31. Restaurants will remain open but will only provide takeout and delivery. However, grocery stores, food banks and pharmacies will remain open. The restrictions go into effect Sunday at midnight.
The news comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio called for the closing of movie theaters in New York City.
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“We need to take these steps to protect our city right now,” he said.
Watch his address via the link below.
I’m taking executive action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in @LACity by closing bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues and gyms until March 31 unless extended. Grocery stores will remain open. Watch live: https://t.co/iDFp1C4Zpz pic.twitter.com/IlTcanN2tA
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 16, 2020
PREVIOUS: During an interview with CNN on Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that city bars will close today as a precaution to help prevent coronavirus. In addition to bars closing, Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference that restaurants will remain open for the time being, but occupancy at restaurants will be cut by half. No word yet on how and when these actions will be enforced.
The cautionary measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve” have come after a list of several cancelations, school closures, delay of gatherings of more than 250 people and nearly all film & TV productions.
He added, “For a lot of folks worried about a school district closing down to early or these things — when it feels wrong, is exactly the right moment.”
In addition, Garcetti talked to KPCC to talk about the steps that the city and Southern California are taking with coronavirus concerns surrounding us. He said that at a local level, he is planning on implementing an eviction moratorium for people who can’t pay rent due to the coronavirus.
In terms of health care, Garcetti said that he is working closely with Supervisor Kathryn Barger as they are looking into testing, which he admits has “holes”. However, the good news is that 75% of the tests coming back from county labs are negative. He also talked about helping health care professionals go to work and getting the space and equipment they need. In a time like these, he urges people to support from agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers as Southern California mobilizes resources.
Overall, he stresses that people need to help each other, saying that we are all first responders at this time. “What we do in the next couple of weeks — of listening to that social distancing, of saying no to that trip, of that gathering, of just putting things off — means the difference between whether this is weeks or months.”
He adds, “It’s not just about you. It’s about your loved one. It’s about your parents and your grandparents. It’s about senior neighbors that you have. It’s about those we know who are being treated for cancer, or underlying conditions. You will save their lives by what you do right now.”
By the end of today or early tomorrow, Los Angeles will set up spaces where donations will be accepted to help health care workers and families in need.
Listen to his full interview below.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said bars in Los Angeles will close today and that dine-in restaurants may close as well. pic.twitter.com/FMTn52aPFC
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 15, 2020
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