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May 14, 2020 – Exclusive: Jim Breslo looks askance at extension of stay-at-home order in Los Angeles County

By Jim Breslo 

An unelected public health official sent shock waves through Los Angeles this week when she announced that she would continue her Department of Public Health stay-at-home orders through the summer. The announcement went viral across millions of Angeleno cellphones. I received the link about 10 times. Even friends who had been supportive of the lockdown were now expressing surprise and concern. Soon thereafter, the Hollywood Bowl announced that it was canceling its outdoor concert series for the first time in 93 years.

The announcement came at the same time the county was finally opening its beaches, the last county in the state to do so. But, sitting or lying on a Los Angeles County beach, even by yourself, is prohibited. You are required to wear a mask while on the beach (be careful about awkward tan lines), but the order makes clear you are permitted to remove it before going in the water (probably wise). Still prohibited is biking on the beach paths, with or without a mask (I guess because bikes cross paths with each other for a split second), and volleyball, even though traditionally played on the beach with just two on a team. The county also finally opened its parks and hiking trails, which had been closed for almost two months, despite the fact that New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic, never closed its parks.

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