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Morning Briefing: LA's Tightening COVID Restrictions

The south coast Plaza Carousel remains closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. Chava Sanchez/LAist
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Good morning, L.A.

If you’ve been following along, you know that L.A. County – along with much of California – is facing yet another surge in coronavirus cases. Yesterday, the county reported 5,031 new positive tests; a record high for a single day.

In response, state officials are shutting down nightlife in L.A., and in all other counties that remain in the purple tier. Starting today, residents must be home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. — a curfew, for all intents and purposes.

"The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement (although Newsom himself has had trouble adhering to the restrictions he sets). “We are sounding the alarm."

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The overnight stay-at-home mandate might only be the beginning, though. If the next few days continue to bring such a high volume of new cases, and the five-day average reaches 4,500, officials implied they’d put a full Safer at Home order back in place – just like what we had in March.

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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Libby Denkmann will have the latest update in the still-ongoing race for California’s 25th Congressional district.

Director Katie Lindsay figured out a way to create an intimate theater experience in COVID times – not an easy feat. Her new performance, A Walk In My Neighborhood, is an audio tour of the daily walk she's taken each day since the pandemic began, reflecting on what it means to inhabit this land. Gina Pollack will have the story.

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A closed table is seen at The Den Cafe in Santa Ana following reimposed restrictions on indoor dining.

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