Los Angeles County extending stay-at-home order another 3 months, prompting fears of civil unrest

Los Angeles County will likely extend its Covid-19 containment measures until the end of July, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Ferrer said the timetable wouldn’t change until officials see a “dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand,” stressing the need for increased testing capacity.

Beaches reopen this week but people must wear face coverings when they are not in the water, and sunbathing won’t be allowed, the LA Times reported. Only active recreation such as surfing, running, walking and swimming will be permitted. Beach goers are told to leave their coolers, chairs, umbrellas and any of the other accessories at home.

There has been outrage from the public as residents declare “summer cancelled” and say there could be riots in the streets.

In L.A. County, confirmed cases and deaths have continued to rise. Los Angeles County is Calfornia’s epicenter of COVID-19 with 1,613 deaths to date.

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