Mayor Garcetti Says LA is at "Orange" COVID-19 Threat Level - At Extremely High Risk of Infection

Ameera Butt
July 01, 2020 - 5:47 pm

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he supports the regional shutdowns that California Gov. Newsom has enacted in recent days for the state amid increasing cases of COVID-19.

He said he supported the closure of indoor dining at restaurants for at least three weeks. On Monday, Newsom ordered the closure of indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos, movie theaters in 19 counties for at least three weeks amid rising cases of COVID-19. LA County is one of the 19 counties.

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"It's a painful but necessary one," he said adding restaurants are "absolutely not closing." He said restaurants can continue to offer pick up delivery, takeout, outdoor dining and drive through.

Garcetti said the COVID-19 threat level is orange in Los Angeles which means you can go out for essential errands but to stay safe at home. The next level is red.

"When the indicator is orange, we are at extremely high risk of infection and residents should take precautions and assume you and everyone around you is infectious. You should stay home as often as you can and only participate in essential activities. Hospitals are able to handle current and anticipated volume of patients, but the situation may change quickly," the website writes.

This comes after LA County saw more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 and an increasingly high number of hospitalizations on Wednesday.

LA County was already on the list the state was monitoring, which has expanded to a total of 19 counties. All 19 counties have to close down their bars too, according to Newsom's orders Wednesday.​ Orange County was also added by Gov. Newsom to the state watch list.

LA County decided to close its beaches for the July 4th weekend this week. Newport Beach decided to close its beaches too. Ventura County and Laguna Beach have also decided to close their beaches.​

This week, Gov. Newsom ordered the closure of bars in LA County and other counties.  Meanwhile, Orange County and Riverside counties also decided to close their bars. 

In LA County, the LA County Public Health Director issued a warning about the coronavirus outbreak.