Los Angeles Mayor Says Another Local Shutdown Could Be Ordered Soon

(TheFreedomFlag.com)- The mayor of Los Angeles said his city re-open too quickly, warning officials may soon impose a new stay-at-home order.

Eric Garcetti made those comments on Sunday, in response to a question about whether California tried to get back to normal too quickly. The state is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases.

“I think a lot of people don’t understand. Mayors often have no control [over] what opens up and doesn’t. That’s either at a state or county level,” he said. “And I do agree that those things happened too quickly.”

In California, though, mayors like Garcetti have the ability to impose restrictions that are stricter than those ordered for the entire state or country. The only thing Garcetti can’t do is issue restrictions that are more lenient than those at the county or state level.

As such, he said Los Angeles officials will make their own judgment as to what should open in the city and when. Back in May, Garcetti said:

“Our timing on opening may vary from other parts of the state. I will re-open our city with careful consideration, guided by public health professionals.”

Now, apparently, Los Angeles is “on the brink” of having new restrictions imposed, though he didn’t specifically mention what that would entail.

Earlier in July, California imposed more restrictions on businesses, including forcing the closure of retailers, malls and bars, and banning restaurant dining indoors in Los Angeles County and other counties throughout the state.

The data suggests that Los Angeles County is experiencing community transmission of COVID-19, as the positive test rate has increased from 8% to 10% recently. The county also recently reported a record-high number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

Despite this, Garcetti sounded an optimistic tone about the city’s supply of ventilators and hospital capacity. He said:

“Cases have gone up, but we also have the most aggressive testing. We’re the first city to offer testing to people without symptoms. And 30% of what we’re catching thankfully is those folks.”

The increase in the coronavirus spread isn’t all about re-opening too quickly, the mayor said. He also pointed to people becoming lax about following guidance form public health officials, partly by getting together in groups with people who don’t live with them.

“It’s not just what’s open and closed. It’s also about what we do individually,” Garcetti said.

The mayor hasn’t released specific details about what a new stay-at-home order in Los Angeles could look like. He did, however, say that he’d rather take a more targeted intervention than issued a broad closure of life. What that targeted intervention would look like is uncertain, but it would most likely try to address protecting elderly and other vulnerable populations from contracting COVID-19.

Garcetti said:

“So, I want to be more surgical. I want to go into those factories where we’re seeing spread. I want to go into those communities, especially our lower-income communities … I think we have to be surgical rather than a cleaver that would just shut everything down.”