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As coronavirus cases continue to surge in many California counties, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that those areas are going back to modified stay-at-home orders.

That includes L.A. (and other SoCal counties), and means salons, gyms, churches and more must shut their doors once again. The governor’s order came at the same time that L.A. County announced nearly 2,600 new cases, and deaths topped 3,800.

As a mask wearer and social distancer myself, it’s difficult to know what to say or think at this point. The numbers are going up because too many of us aren’t doing what’s needed to stop the virus, and the irony is that it looks like the folks who are most anxious for things to go “back to normal” – those who are crowding beaches and bars, and insisting on going maskless – are largely responsible for things closing back down.

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It’s not a political statement to do what’s necessary to stop COVID-19 from spreading, thereby allowing the economy to reopen sooner rather than later. Wanting the latter without doing the former, though, is a statement – and I’m not sure it’s a statement I’d want to make.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Closing L.A.: Coronavirus cases in L.A. County are still going up. Along with a number of other regions in California, L.A. must close gyms, salons, churches, non-essential offices, and more. LAUSD will not reopen schools in August for the next school year, and will instead continue to teach online.

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Money Matters: More than $100 million are available to help Angelenos struggling to pay rent during the pandemic. Despite receiving up to $1 million in bailout loans, the Upright Citizens Brigade laid off nearly its entire staff and hasn’t brought them back.

It's Hot: June temperatures are out today. It's the third hottest month globally on record.

The Homelessness Crisis: L.A. officials have proposed an ambitious COVID-19 recovery plan to rapidly house 15,000 people in subsidized apartments.

Moldy Jam: Sqirl, a bastion of "south Silver Lake" foodie hipsterdom, allegedly sold moldy jam, operated a secret (and illegal) kitchen, and failed to credit its opening chef, as well as other employees of color, for their contributions.

Here’s What To Do: Virtual literary events rule, and a classic tamalería opens a new brick-and-mortar location in this week’s best online and IRL events.

Photo Of The Day

A padlock holds the front gate of Leo Politi Elementary School closed. LAUSD schools like this one won't reopen for on-campus classes next month.

(Kyle Stokes/KPCC/LAist)

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