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Forty-five minutes before he addressed the public on Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a new “Targeted Stay at Home Order.” He then went before the public and spoke for over 30 minutes without mentioning the order.
Instead, Garcetti flooded the zone with superlatives and snappy phrases such as, “Just be smart and stay apart” and “It’s time to cancel everything.”
There’s not much new in order itself. The city has no health department of its own and has generally leaned on L.A. County’s health officials to issue guidance such as this.
Garcetti’s late Wednesday order basically parallels the “Temporary Targeted Safer At Home Order” issued by the county late last week.
In fact, KTLA 5 Morning News anchor Frank Buckley reported that the mayor’s spokesperson called the order “identical” to the county order that took effect on Monday.
The chief way Garcetti’s order deviates from the county’s is in the number of exceptions it provides.
The proclamation begins ominously with the words “all persons living within the City of Los Angeles are hereby ordered to remain in their homes.”
The order then goes on to list over 40 broad business categories that are exempt from the above stay-at-home language. In these are included cannabis dispensaries, liquor stores, indoor swap meets, tanning salons and massage parlors.
PREVIOUSLY AT 6 p.m.: On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pleaded with his city’s residents to “just stay home.”
As L.A. Covid-19 hospitalizations hit an all-time high and ICU beds were projected to run out in the coming weeks Garcetti said plainly, “It’s time to cancel everything.”
Garcetti admonished L.A. residents, saying: “Don’t meet up with others outside your household. Don’t host gatherings. Don’t go to gatherings. Just stay home.”
Referencing a statement this week by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Garcetti warned of “a December wave on top of a Thanksgiving wave on top of a Christmas wave.” Two of those waves might be cresting already.
On Tuesday, health officials confirmed 7,593 new infections in the county, blowing past the previous high of 6,124 seen last week. The daily test positivity rate on Wednesday was 12%, up from 7% just over one week ago. That indicates the virus is infecting more people at a faster rate than ever in L.A., even as the county is delivering more tests than ever before.
Los Angeles County Health Director barbara Ferrer reported 5987 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total to 414,185. There are 2,439 people hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest level of the entire pandemic.
Published: December 03, 2020