Bad news for Angelinos: the Los Angeles lockdown continues for at least another 90 days.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer confirmed that the so-called “stay at home order” will be in effect for another 90 days. That will only change, she said, if there is a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Ferrer also confirmed that LA County was slow to contain the coronavirus, which is another reason for the extended order.
But this extended Los Angeles lockdown will ultimately prove unsustainable.
When Governor Gavin Newsom issued the stay-at-home order to his constituency on March 19th, he set his guidelines as to when he’d consider reopening.
LA county was set to reopen on April 14th.
Then the order was extended again. And now, the order has been extended once more.
As evidenced by the Twitter trending topic on the matter, Angelinos aren’t happy with this turn of events. Many are suffering from what’s being dubbed “lockdown fatigue.”
And unlike New York, which has successfully flattened the curve — leading to Governor Andrew Cuomo lifting the “New York on Pause” order for three districts in the state as of Friday, May 15th — California’s cases are only increasing.
This extended Los Angeles lockdown is proving stressful for its residents.
But this may have been the plan all along.
Speaking to The Guardian more than a month before today’s Los Angeles lockdown announcement, Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, predicted that the stay-at-home order would be extended well into the summer.
He also said that residents need to “manage their expectations better,” and that there was a chance the lockdown could continue until a vaccine was developed.
The beaches will indeed be reopening on Wednesday, May 13th, with restrictions.
But that’s of no comfort to the 18% of residents who are unemployed. Nor does it reopen millions of shuttered businesses.
And if Newsom gets $1 trillion in coronavirus aid, he’s likely pushing his state into bankruptcy.
California is one of the few economic engines that drives the United States. The extended Los Angeles lockdown will render them completely impotent.
There has to be another way to solve this issue.
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