Los Angeles issues stay-home order as coronavirus surges

“We know we ask a lot of so many who have made sacrifices for months,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health. “It is important that we act with collective urgency now if we are to put an end to this surge.”

The ordinance advises residents to stay at home “as much as possible” and to wear face covering when going out. It forbids people to meet with people who are not in their household, be it public or private.

However, exceptions are being made for church services and protests, “which are constitutionally protected rights,” the district’s health ministry said in a statement.

Companies are allowed to stay open, but with limited capacity. The same goes for nail salons and other personal care services.

Beaches, trails and parks also remain open with safety requirements.

The order, which runs through December 20, is more modest than a nationwide closure order in the spring.

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