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Morning Briefing: LA’s Three Stay-At-Home Orders

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A man rides his bicycle past a mural reading "Stay Home / Life Is Beautiful" during the coronavirus pandemic on April 3, 2020 in Los Angeles. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images
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Good morning, L.A.

Amid the city, county and state’s coronavirus surge, both L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Gavin Newsom have announced new stay-at-home orders. The city’s went into effect Wednesday night, and the state’s will go into effect if a given region’s ICU bed capacity falls below 15%. Southern California is expected to hit that unfortunate milestone within the next few days.

Both orders come on the heels of L.A. County’s stay-at-home order, which went into effect last Friday.

This means many L.A. residents will soon be under three different stay-at-home orders. They are similar, but not not exactly the same. The good news, though, is that the orders boil down to essentially the same basic guidelines:

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  • Stay home as much as you physically, emotionally and financially can.
  • Do not interact with people you don’t live with.
  • If you feel absolutely stir crazy, find an outdoor activity, not one indoors.
  • When you’re not at home, always – always – wear a mask.
  • Follow these rules for the next two months, or until you get vaccinated.

Is it possible that coronavirus numbers in California and L.A. might be rising at such an alarming rate because guidance from our government has been so confusing? Yes, it is! But, is that a reason not to follow common-sense safety protocols that we all know will help save lives? I don’t think so, but everyone is going to have to decide that for themselves.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Randy Stuchlik embraces his neighbor's horse as he and firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority try to get the horse, which had laid down and was likely dehydrated after the owners evacuated, back on it's feet to evacuate it during the Bond Fire near Lake Forest, California.

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