Los Angeles County announced new coronavirus-related restrictions on Sunday that will prohibit in-person dining for at least three weeks as cases rise.
Officials have begged Californians to avoid traveling or gathering in groups for Thanksgiving as the average daily number of coronavirus cases has tripled in the last month, analysis from the Los Angeles Times shows.
Los Angeles County announced newrestrictions that will prohibit in-person dining for at least three week[/caption]
The average daily number of coronavirus cases has tripled in the last month[/caption]
Officials have begged Californians to avoid traveling or gathering in groups for Thanksgiving[/caption]
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County — the nation’s most populous — have doubled in the same time period.
More than 15,000 coronavirus cases were reported statewide on Saturday — by far the highest level since the pandemic began in March, according to the California Department of Health and Human Services.
Another 14,000 cases were recorded Sunday.
Residents in most of the state have been placed under a curfew that requires people to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless they are responding to an emergency, shopping for groceries, picking up takeout or walking their dogs.
EMT Giselle Dorgalli, second from right, looks at a monitor while performing chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in Los Angeles[/caption]
Ventilator tubes are attached to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles[/caption]
The monthlong curfew could be extended if rapidly worsening trends don’t improve.
Authorities say the focus is on keeping people from social mixing and drinking without masks on — the kinds of activities that are blamed for causing COVID-19 infections to soar after dipping only a few months ago. They also have warned against Thanksgiving travel or mixing of several households.
LA County’s new rules take effect Wednesday at 10 p.m. Restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer takeout, drive-thru and delivery services.
County officials had warned that these restrictions could come if the county’s five-day average of new cases was above 4,000 or hospitalizations were more than 1,750 per day. Sunday’s five-day average was 4,097 cases and there were 1,401 hospitalizations.
People wait in line for food during a food distribution in Los Angeles on Saturday[/caption]
Eight-year-old student Tinniya Wilson whispers in the ear of chef Michael Voltaggio at a Thanksgiving meal food distribution event[/caption]
A man wears a mask as he walks past a painted rock on Bernal Heights in front of the skyline during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco[/caption]
This aerial view shows people waiting in line in their cars at a Covid-19 testing site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles[/caption]
Los Angeles County officials are on the verge of announcing even more stringent measures, including a possible lockdown if cases climb further.
The state curfew applies to 41 of the state’s 58 counties that are in the “purple” tier, the most restrictive of four tiers allowing various stages of economic reopening. Those counties encompass 94% of the nearly 40 million people living in the most populous U.S. state.
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Sabrina Urias, general manager of Old Wagon Saloon & Grill in downtown San Jose, told The San Francisco Chronicle that the curfew will likely affect the business’s busiest hours in the late evening.
“We’re here every day. We see people breaking these rules, and we’re trying our best to enforce it. We see people not wearing a mask,” she said.
She continued: “So unless you deal with (the) public, you won’t understand this. It’s frustrating for us — our hours got cut. But if everybody would just follow the rules that are given to us for ourselves and our family, customers and everything, I truly believe that there will be a better outcome.”
A group gathered in Huntington Beach at 10:01 p.m. Saturday night in defiance of the curfew, waving American flags and not wearing masks.
More than 100 people rallied Saturday in downtown Fresno, urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to “open California safely.”
San Francisco’s coronavirus figures could push it into the purple tier as early as Sunday.