Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surged out of control in the nation’s most populous county. The five-day average of new cases reported Friday was 4,751. Hospitalizations statewide have increased more than 80% in the last two weeks. The virus has disproportionately affected more Latinos and Black people.The three-week “safer at home” order takes effect Monday. “We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
The restrictions are not as severe as those imposed in the spring.The order advises residents to stay home “as much as possible” and to wear a face covering when they go out. It bans people from gathering with others who aren’t in their households, whether publicly or privately. Stores considered essential will be allowed 35% capacity. Outdoor fitness centers, museums and outdoor amusements such as mini-golf can operate at 50% of capacity. public health officials are bracing for a wave of cases that could follow gatherings at Thanksgiving. Golf courses, tennis courts, skate parks and bike parks are open for individuals or groups from the same household. Playgrounds, except those located in child care facilities and schools, will close.