Life in Los Angeles will not be returning to normal any time soon, according to County Public Health Commissioner Barbara Ferrer. The city’s stay-at-home orders will “with all certainty” be extended through July, she said at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
While other parts of California have seen a decrease in cases, the Los Angeles area is still experiencing increases in both new daily cases and deaths.
Loosening regulations at a faster pace would require a “dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand,” Ferrer said at the meeting. “Our hope is that by using the data, we’d be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months.” For that to proceed any more rapidly, a massive uptick in testing and a slowdown in spreading of the virus would be absolutely necessary.
Not everything in the Los Angeles area is shuttered, however. Beaches are set to reopen Wednesday for “active recreation” — defined as activities like surfing, swimming, running, and walking. Sunbathing and general lounging on the beaches will not be permitted, according to the report. Hiking trails and open spaces including parks and golf courses are open currently, as are limited curbside commercial services.