People who had anticipated that this would be the week that things would ease back to a sense of normalcy were dealt with some more disappointing news when the Los Angeles County extended the stay at home order until possibly July as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its assault on our lives and ecosystem.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer acknowledged during a Board of Supervisors meeting on May 12 that the order will last for another three months “with all certainty.”
Ferrer added that even if the orders remain in place through the summer, restrictions will be “gradually relaxed” under a five-step plan.
“We are being guided by science and data that will safely move us forward along the road to recovery in a measured way—one that allows us to ensure that effective distancing and infection control measures are in place,” Ferrer said, insisting that the orders will only relax if the public remains steadfast in compliance.
For the City of Inglewood, that means that Inglewood’s State of Emergency Order will remain in force. City Hall will only continue to accept meetings by appointment only.
Inglewood has 432-recorded cases of COVID-19 with 41 deaths, most of the fatalities have occurred at senior nursing home facilities.
Mayor James T. Butts Jr. also stated that City employees will soon be scheduled for the COVID-19 testing destination at the Forum in Inglewood and those employees that test negative will be allowed back to work when the city opens for business.
The city is anticipating the opening of the new $5 billion SoFi Stadium in September that host both the Rams and Chargers NFL teams. Construction of the site has continued.
On March 19th the State of California will implement a new modified stay at home order that will allow for additional business to open and offer curbside service.
Retailers and shopping malls can re-open for delivery or curbside pickup, along with the manufacturing and logistics sectors that support retail. Retail does not include personal services such as beauty salons but does include the sale of goods, such as:
Clothing and shoe stores
Home and furnishing stores
Sporting goods stores
Offices (in all sectors, not only critical infrastructure)
Limited Services, which do not generally require close customer contact, such as:
residential and janitorial cleaning
Bars and nightclubs
Gyms and fitness studios
Public events and gatherings
Hair and nail salons
Officials have warned the risk of COVID-19 infection is still real for all Californians and continues to be.
Other limited services and outdoor museums are also permitted to open.
Essential services that protect public health, public safety, and provide essential needs will remain open, such as:
Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
Businesses in a number of other sectors can now also open, with necessary modifications.
Individuals still must adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings at all times.