Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the county board of supervisors on Tuesday, May 12, that the emergency Safer-at-Home orders in Los Angeles County that have humbled the economy and pushed the daily pause button will be extended “with all certainty” for another three months.
There is no way (to open earlier) unless there is a drastic shift in this virus and the resources we have at our disposal to effectively counter this virus, Ferrer said.
It was hardly a surprise that the health-officer order, which was set to expire on Friday, May 15, would be revised and extended, as officials have repeatedly outlined a phased approach to fully reopen the economy. However, that the order could last until August, had not yet been publicly reported.
As Ferrer said earlier, testing was a key component to get back to normal, saying on Tuesday the plan was to allow every single person in the county to test themselves every day. That’s a far cry from the county’s current goal of 15,000 people a day for research.
I hope we can use the data to slowly remove the restrictions over the next three months, Ferrer said.
Newsom said changes to accommodate services such as car washes, pet groomers, and dog walkers were also being made. He acknowledged that modifying the statewide order would not necessarily mean that these businesses will be permitted to reopen, with the particular authority being assigned to individual counties on the basis of their individual circumstances.
The statewide order provides local government the ability to come in with certain recommendations to change, he said. But one may choose — a region such as the Bay Area, the six counties, that choose to be a little more restrictive. Southern California Parts, L.A .. And the same is true of others. And not everybody’s pushed into this process. But everyone is afforded the process.
The state has also released recommendations for dine-in restaurants when they can finally reopen. The Guidelines call for capacity limitations and safety requirements, such as face coverings for employees and customers, if such openings are required.