Whatever the brief respite from the endless parade of disheartening news we may have been hoping for this long weekend, Los Angeles County officials have announced the most restrictive lockdown in the state, banning all gatherings, public. and private.
This means that even before 10 p.m., when the state’s limited curfew goes into effect, residents of the county, by far the most populous in California, are not allowed to reunite with anyone outside of their homes. starting today. The new order will be in effect until December 20.
[Track California’s coronavirus cases by county.]
It’s not as bad as the statewide stay-at-home order in March, and it wasn’t a surprise either.
Schools and daycares that have been authorized to reopen may remain open except in the event of an epidemic. Religious services and demonstrations may still take place, and stores may continue to operate at limited capacity.
And the county’s most contested decision to shut down outdoor restaurants had already taken place.
But the fact that Los Angeles officials set what looked like a high threshold for further restrictions – an average of 4,500 new cases per day in the county for five days – and the virus quickly overtook it, points out. feeling that we are rushing down a hill even though the officials have pulled the emergency brake.
[Read the full order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.]
A week ago, California reported 17,694 new cases, far more than any other state had before, according to the New York Times database.
Executives have repeatedly warned that the holidays are poised to be dangerous.
But since we learned more about how the virus spreads, the tidal wave we now face here in California has felt somehow less inevitable. Businesses have adapted to operate outside and, in many cases across the state, have been doing so for months.
All of this made this wave more confusing and contributed to a greater crackdown on the details of the restrictions, particularly in Los Angeles, where restaurateurs and some officials have said the closure of alfresco dining unfairly punishes businesses that have. taken precautions.
[Read about the state’s reopening tiers.]
More generally, the state curfew for counties with the most restrictive purple reopening level has drawn criticism and some local law enforcement officials have said they will not enforce it, such as the KQED reported – although this is also the case with past orders.
Nonetheless, as the Los Angeles Times explained, the prevalence of Covid-19 in communities means that activities that had been deemed safer, like eating out or shopping, are now more dangerous than ever.
According to a county model, around 1 in 145 Angelenos are currently infected with Covid-19.
While Los Angeles, in absolute numbers, is a site of major concern, as hospitals continue to fill up, other counties across the state are following suit by tightening restrictions.
San Francisco and San Mateo counties were moved to the purple level, and Santa Clara County, which was already in the purple level, added restrictions, including stricter capacity limits for stores and a temporary ban on contact sports, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
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“Acting with collective urgency now is essential.” Here is the full story on New Los Angeles County Restrictions. [The New York Times]
No more football and quarantine after travel to the state: learn more about New Santa Clara County Rules. [The Mercury News]
If you missed it, meet Dr Sara Cody, the county public health director, who led the launch of the country’s first shelter-in-place order. [The New York Times]
Here is what lesson in a pandemic looks like Baltimore, the site of one of the nation’s biggest school reopening experiments. [The New York Times]
A challenge for distance education: how to assign grades. D&F surge in San Diego County schools raises questions. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
High school athletes gathered at the Capitol for the state to let them play. [The Sacramento Bee]
More … than 200 people who work at Golden Gate Fields, a racetrack that straddles the border between Berkeley and Albany, has tested positive for Covid-19. How has the virus spread so widely? [Berkeleyside]
For the “nature heals” files: The bay area sparrows sing in tones – including in a “more seductive trill” – that researchers have not heard for decades. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
Walks, lunches on the porch and quick meals in the hospital’s rest rooms: Here’s a look at Thanksgiving across the country, including Los Angeles. [The New York Times]
If you missed it, here’s how Californians tailored their plans. [The New York Times]
Here’s what else you might have missed
Children breathe air poisoned by smoke from forest fires – and children from the poorest communities in the central valley in particular are affected. [The New York Times]
The fossil fuel industry has contributed to environmental justice groups in the hope of showing that he is an ally of communities of color, often disproportionately affected by climate change. [The Los Angeles Times]
Amazon has launched an unprecedented hiring wave, aspiring on average 1,400 new workers per day. [The New York Times]
Learn more about how the warehouse explosion in the Inland Empire is forcing a disproportionate number of workers of color into tough jobs and sending large numbers of trucks to their communities. [The New York Times]
View all California election results here. [The New York Times]
In Capay Valley, in northern California, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation reclaims their ancestral lands with agriculture, including award-winning extra virgin olive oil, produced under the Séka Hills label. [Civil Eats]
Learn more about how Native Californians reclaim native foods. [The New York Times]
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