Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that the city’s COVID-19 threat meter is “on the border of going to red,” the highest level, which would mean a complete shutdown in L.A. owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Let me tell you the bad news,” Garcetti said. “We’ve never had as many people [in L.A.] infected, or infectious. We’ve never had as many recorded positive cases each day, and we’ve never had as many people in the hospital as there are tonight as I speak to you.”
As of now, Garcetti said during his daily press briefing, the threat level remains at “orange” even as California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier Monday ordered all counties to close indoor operations for their restaurants, movie theaters, wineries, zoos and bars as cases continued to spike in the state, forcing a return to more restrictive safer-at-home orders.
Additionally, said Newsom, L.A. and 31 other counties on the state’s monitoring list must close fitness centers, places of worship, nail and hair salons and indoor malls.
Garcetti, who called Newsom’s actions to scale back the right move, said those measures are effective immediately in L.A. “Do not host a party, do not attend a gathering, don’t treat this as a normal summer break,” Garcetti said. “This virus is not taking the summer off, and we can’t afford to either.”