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Bumper-To-Bumper In LA's Flower District On This Mother's Day

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So how's it looking for social distancing today in L.A.'s famed Flower District?

Josie Huang, who checked out crowded park trails yesterday, reports it was bumper-to-bumper traffic on the blocks where flower shops reopened Friday in downtown Los Angeles.

They were back in business in time for their biggest day of the year: Mother's Day.

And it was definitely busy. Lines of customers along the sidewalk were as long as 20 people deep. Most wore masks, but not everyone. People were not spacing themselves six feet apart in line or in the stores. One flower shop had signs asking people to keep the recommended distance, but that was impossible given the narrow aisles.

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Here's what it looked like today:

L.A. Flower District, Mother's Day 2020 (Josie Huang/ LAist)
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(Josie Huang/ LAist)

These scenes are more reminders that many people appear to be growing fatigued by social distancing orders, even as new cases and deaths are reported daily by L.A. County health officials.

On Saturday, Pasadena's health department reported they'd traced five positive COVID-19 cases and more sick people to a large birthday party held after the stay home orders were in place. Health officials said one partygoer, who did not wear a mask, was reportedly sick and coughing at the gathering of 30 to 40 people.

Health experts and public officials continue to ask people to stay steadfast, to not gather for Mother's Day or other parties, and to maintain social distancing recommendations, including wearing a mask in public or when around other people not in your immediate household.

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