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Good morning, L.A.

Today, another stay-at-home order takes effect for L.A. County. The order comes after the county had a five-day average of 4,500 new cases a day, and will be in place for at least three weeks.

Under the new order, gatherings with people from other households are prohibited, outdoors or indoors. Maximum capacity is reduced for most businesses. Masks and social distancing are still required, everywhere.

Speaking to reporters about the new order, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer all but pleaded for residents to follow the guidelines.

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"We can still turn this around," she said, "but it will take significant collective action."

As a reminder of the stakes, Ferrer added: "Dead people don't get a second chance."

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, November 30

Every two weeks, approximately 950 care packages, including books and other materials related to the curriculum, land in the mailboxes of Rowland Unified School District kindergarteners. Mariana Dale looks into the effort involved in creating the packages — from the teachers to the purchasing department to the warehouse staff and more.

Though airline traffic was down over the holiday, Sunday was still busy at LAX as travelers returned and prepared for 14 days of quarantine. Josie Huang reports.

At-home viewers are streaming 60% more television and film content than they were a year ago. John Horn explores what this means for the future of Hollywood.

A struggling population of tortoises native to the Mojave Desert has led UCLA scientists to rethink how to save threatened species. Julia Paskin has the story.

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Enjoy drag queen hijinks, honor World AIDS Day, cozy up to a holiday-themed concert, and more. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s best online and IRL events.

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The Past 48 Hours In LA

Coronavirus Updates: L.A. County health officials on Sunday confirmed 5,014 new cases of coronavirus and 16 new deaths. A third USC football player tested positive for the coronavirus. With the number of coronavirus cases surging, people were urged not to travel over the Thanksgiving weekend — and some listened.

L.A. Activism: California Highway Patrol officers forcibly removed occupants from empty homes in El Sereno and made numerous arrests. Activists from Black Lives Matter-LA have been protesting outside Getty House, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's official residence, in an attempt to persuade President-elect Joe Biden not to put the mayor in his cabinet.

Wildfires: Strong, dry winds are here, which means that if you live in an area that is prone to burning, you should be ready to go in case a fast-moving fire breaks out.

‘Tis The Season: The time for goodwill and cheer also offers prime pickings for con artists.

Photo of the Day

A nurse at a vigil outside UCLA Medical Center for health care workers who died from COVID-19.

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