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L.A. City Mayor Responds to Governor Newsom’s Announcement of the Second Stage of the Economy Re-opening
By Betti Halsell, Contributing Writer
Published May 5, 2020

Mayor Eric Garcetti (Courtesy photo)

Monday, May 4. The Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti provided the most recent information surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Los Angeles is gearing to build the economy back up. There are predictions of a second and third wave of the spread of coronavirus, as some Angelenos are set to head back to work within the coming weeks. Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses concerns of the financial instability the city is currently in. The mayor is looking at the numbers and data surrounding this pandemic; the science and test results behind coronavirus governs the next move. Eric Garcetti speaks about hopes he has during this dark time. Mayor Garcetti shared how the announcement of Governor Newsom’s framework will directly influence Los Angeles.

According to the California State Governor Gavin Newsom, the state is looking to officially begin Stage 2 of his outlined four-stage initiative on May 8. “Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces, including bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods.” Governor Gavin also disclosed a new “framework” to allow counties to move more swiftly through the stages if certain criteria are met. Later this week, there is anticipation for a public health guidance for certain stage 2 sanctions. It will enlist eligible retail, manufacturing, and logistic businesses. The State issued four-stage framework does leave a window of opportunity for counties to have more restrictive measures.

The Mayor communicated the appreciation with Governor Newsom’s plan; it allows county liberty to be in control of the social distancing measures that will take affect by the end of this week. Eric Garcetti stated, “…We will continue to be guided by first, the medical advice that we get from public health professionals, second by making sure that we are not just saving lives but thinking about people’s livelihoods.” He continued, “and third, we will always share of the decision making and all of our data with you.” Restrictions may vary for the L.A. economy; there will be details outlined on when and how L.A. will create a new normal for the city.

Governor Gavin Newsom (Courtesy photo)

Mayor Eric Garcetti shared the latest updates behind the COVID-19 outbreak in L.A. Over 190,000 people have been tested for COVID-19, 13 percent of those reports were positive. The elected Official shared as of May 4. there were 28 additional deaths. That accounts for a six percent increase since the report on May 1. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 1,256. The average death rate in a week has been 46 fatal cases per day. There were 568 new cases reported, bringing the total of positive COVID-19 reports to 26,217. The latest numbers reflect a two percent increase, since yesterday. There is a daily average of 854 new cases. Within the city of L.A., the new report reflects 12,525 COVID-19 cases.

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Eric Garcetti stressed the importance of testing over the course of time, the information gathered behind the tests will influence the recovery stages. Mayor Garcetti clarified the re-opening of the city’s economy is a gradual step with limitations on what businesses will be allowed to be open. There will be new standardized requirement for the low-risk businesses to abide by in order to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Eric Garcetti disclosed previously that the re-opening of the economy will not happen on May 15. However, there will be eligible businesses opening through the following weeks. The Mayor will continue deliberating with other neighboring mayors and public officials, to design a gradual plan to safely open the economy. Los Angeles County Officials are looking to prioritize not only the lives of Angelenos but the livelihoods of all L.A. residents.

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