•As you likely know by now, Los Angeles County health officials have extended safer-at-home orders indefinitely — but are also allowing thousands of businesses to reopen with restrictions. Here’s the LAT article.
Beaches are open — again with restrictions — as are hiking trails across L.A. County and other recreational venues (the walking/running loop around the Rose Bowl, for example).
The county’s Department of Public Health also reported another 1,264 new cases of Coronavirus today and another 47 deaths.
@lapublichealth Announces 47 New Deaths Related to#COVIDー19 and 1,264 New Cases of COVID-19 in LA County. New Health Officer Order allows for lower-risk businesses, select recreational facilities and beaches to reopen. View https://t.co/8AT3PnqExg for more pic.twitter.com/5mXzGeBjv9
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) May 13, 2020
Our messaging does not change. Please use transit for essential travel:
Under L.A. County’s “Safer at Home” order, travel is only allowed for essential activities, including work to essential jobs (and there are many jobs considered essential), visiting a doctor or vet, obtaining medical supplies or medication, grocery shopping for yourself or others, providing care for minors, seniors, dependents and persons with disabilities or other vulnerabilities, legally mandated government purposes and to comply with law enforcement or court orders.
Riders on Metro buses and trains are now required to wear face coverings with an exception for those with certain health conditions or disabilities. On that note, I was out taking photos on Sunset, Vermont, Wilshire and Western on Tuesday and the vast majority of riders had face coverings. A few pics:
In the news…
•In London, the safer at home orders have begun easing and some buses did not lack commuters. From Sky News:
Buses in London are packed with passengers this morning, despite the govt asking people to avoid public transport if possible when the #coronavirus lockdown eased.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 13, 2020
•There are now two motions by L.A. City Council Members on how to make more telecommuting more permanent (hat tip to Streetsblog LA for tracking this!). Neither is specific and both call for studies of possible policy mechanisms to encourage more telecommuting in the private sector. Before the pandemic, about five percent of employees in L.A. County were telecommuters — a pretty small number this far into the Internet Age, I think.
•Although most planes have a ton of empty seats, some are still pretty full, reports the NYT.
•Good explainer at the Five Thirty Eight blog on the different models being used to project the spread of the virus.
•Major League Baseball wants to begin the season in early July but that will require permission from the state of California – which hasn’t happened yet, reports the LAT. As for the All-Star Game that was supposed to take place at Dodger Stadium, no word yet whether that will go forward.
Dept. of Distraction: if you need a laugh, enjoy this beef stew recipe courtesy of the New Yorker. And if you are a ‘Seinfeld’ fan, here’s a great tribute to the late Jerry Stiller from his co-star Jason Alexander, via the NYT.
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