Los Angeles County will go be under an overnight curfew beginning Saturday thanks to new orders issued by state officials to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The state placed all counties which are already in the “purple” tier, the most restrictive tier of the state’s coronavirus monitoring system, under these new curfew orders. The curfew hours run 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., but exempts essential workers.
“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “We are sounding the alarm. It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”
Some 41 of the state’s 58 counties, including most of Southern California, will be under the curfew, which will be in effect until at least Dec. 21.
These measures are all intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus as the state experiences a gigantic surge in cases.
West Hollywood saw an increase of 20 new cases while Los Angeles County saw a staggering 5,031 new cases. The city saw no new deaths but LA County had 29 new deaths.
The city now has a cumulative total of 847 cases of coronavirus with a total of eight deaths. LA County now has a cumulative total 353,232 with a total of 7,363 deaths.
LA County has not seen the virus transmission rates grow at such a huge pace before. The county saw 2,301 new cases on Tuesday, 3,994 new cases on Wednesday and now 5,031 cases on Thursday.
If the cases keep increasing at this pace, LA County may be placed under a new Safer at Home lockdown order, as happened in March, as early as Monday. Under that Safer at Home order, all non-essential businesses will close for at least three weeks.
County officials announced earlier this week that it would implement that new Safer at Home lockdown order if the county’s five-day average of COVID cases reaches 4,500 cases or if hospitalizations reach 2,000 a day.
In the meantime, LA County was already scheduled to implement new restrictions on Friday, including limiting indoor capacity to 25% at all non-essential businesses and outdoor service at restaurants and breweries to 50% capacity. It is unclear if the state’s new overnight curfew order will affect these LA County restrictions going into effect.
Below are the daily numbers for areas near West Hollywood:
- Beverly Hills – 7 new cases for a total of 870 cases.
- Culver City – 10 new cases for a total of 527 cases.
- Hollywood – 30 new cases for a total of 1,683 cases.
- Melrose neighborhood – 48 new cases for a total of 2,533 cases.