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State's Overnight Stay-At-Home Order For LA And Other Southern California Counties Starts At 10 PM
Tonight at 10 p.m. is when a new stay-at-home order kicks in throughout Southern California, as the state moves to restrict overnight activity in all counties that fall under the "purple" tier of the state's pandemic reopening plan. Purple signifies the most serious risk level for coronavirus infection.
The state order overlaps with a similarly limited stay-at-home order issued by Los Angeles County that began Friday night at 10 p.m.
California's overnight stay-at-home order covers most of the state's population, and bars non-essential activity from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It's expected to last a month, although health officials have warned there could soon be more drastic measures if infections continue to spike.
The state has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. On Saturday, L.A. County reported 4,522 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 34 additional deaths. On Thursday, the county hit a record high of more than 5,000 new cases. More than 7,000 deaths have been attributed to the pandemic so far in L.A. County alone.
People may still leave their homes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for essential tasks such as shopping for groceries, walking their dogs or going to work.
The restrictions also affect Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as Orange County, where police in Huntington Beach said they were preparing for anti-curfew protestors, according to City News Service.
MORE ABOUT THE NEW RESTRICTIONS:
- Here's What LA County's New Restrictions Mean For Restaurants
A Grant Fund For OC Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining In Winter
Orange County restaurants offering outdoor seating can apply for a new grant program that aims to help owners keep their outside operations open during the winter, as they try to maintain business amid the pandemic.
This week the Orange County Board of Supervisors launched a program to support outdoor dining restaurants with $1,000 grants, available to 1,000 eligible restaurants on a first-come basis. The money must be used for purchases like tents and canopies, lighting, and outdoor heaters.
Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do told KPCC/LAist that while a thousand bucks may be a drop in the bucket, it's still badly needed because restaurant profit margins are so thin, especially lately.
"They are barely surviving," Do said. "I talked to a restaurant owner serving customers. In fact, I've been going there for years and I didn't even know who the owner was. So that tells you now, owners actually have to work alongside employees to make ends meet."
The grants come from a million dollars in reallocated CARES Act money that's projected to go unspent. Information from the county on how to apply can be found here. The application period began Friday.
Orange, Los Angeles and other local counties have offered assistance to small businesses affected by the pandemic. Meanwhile, local restaurants brace for new challenges under curfew rules taking effect this weekend.
- Where To Get Financial Assistance, Food And More During The Coronavirus Crisis
Morning Briefing: LA Teachers Speak Out
Good morning, L.A.
LA’s public school students are unlikely to return to campus any time soon, as the county remains in the most restrictive reopening tier. But teachers and administrators are still thinking through what a return to campus might look like, so they’re ready when it finally happens.
Yesterday, the union that represents teachers detailed some of their requirements for in-person learning.Those requirements include not teaching students remotely and in-person at the same time, with some students logging on from home and some in the classroom; no roving teachers or students; and keeping cohorts of students isolated from one another.
Despite the many challenges to virtual schooling, union teachers would prefer to have students continue the distance learning they’ve been doing so far, rather than try to reinvent the wheel… again.
“A potential physical return would have to use a hybrid schedule,” said United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz, “and frankly, there is no such thing as a good hybrid schedule.”
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
– Jessica P. Ogilvie
The Past 24 Hours In LA
Race In L.A.: LAist contributor Rashad Al-Dabbagh writes about why he pushed for a separate census identity box for his fellow Arab Americans.
Coronavirus: Tobin Nichols contracted COVID-19 eight months ago, and is still dealing with lingering lung/breathing issues and what he calls "COVID brain fog." L.A. County’s limited stay-at-home order begins tonight, and restaurants and bars are preparing for it.
Election 2020: Republican Congressman Mike Garcia’s lead over State Assemblymember Christy Smith in the race for California’s 25th Congressional District is incredibly slim.
There's a lot going on in the world right now, and it’s hard enough to keep up with our day-to-day lives, let alone to stay current on the news. But if you have some time this weekend, here’s what you may have missed:
USC’s much-heralded Trojan Marching Band is steeped in racism and toxic culture, according to students and alumni. (The Daily Trojan)
Native American elder Alan Salazar uses storytelling to teach Southern Californians of all ages about his ancestral tribes, the Chumash and the Tataviam. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
Pasadena’s annual Doo Dah Parade is always an eccentric event, and this year’s promises to be even weirder. (Pasadena Now)
A public art display of L.A.’s old street lights is moving from its longstanding location at Vermont and Santa Monica to a location a few blocks away. (The Eastsider)
This L.A. writer traced her history back to Belarus and rediscovered her ancestral land. (The LAnd)
A committee of Black men dedicated to equality in education are pushing for immediate action to combat implicit bias towards young learners. (L.A. Sentinel)
Love and loss take center stage in a local Salvadoran poet’s new book. (L.A. Taco)
Photo of the Day
Artwork projected on windows is seen during the "Visions In Light: Windows On The Wallis" at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
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