Stores with in-person shopping, houses of worship can now reopen in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County is moving forward into reopening. 

All retailers, both indoor and out, can now reopen to in-person shopping. All retail stores must operate at 50% capacity, according to county health officials.  

Under a revised L.A. County health order, houses of worships can reopen to the public but must operate at 25% capacity or have a maximum of 100 people. 

Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may also resume operations. And pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association can now reopen. 

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said under the new order public protests can resume as long as attendance is limited to 25% of the area's maximum occupancy, or have a maximum of 100 attendees.

This announcement comes after Dr. Ferrer announced an additional 53 deaths and 933 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 2,195 deaths and 48,700 positive cases. 

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Dr. Ferrer said despite stores reopening people still need to practice physical distancing and wear face masks. 

“If there are 2 million more people going to offices, stores and houses of worship and even 2% are infected by COVID-19 we would have 40,000 people moving about spreading this virus,” Ferrer said. 

The county says gatherings of people who are not from the same household are still prohibited.

Additionally, people 65-years-old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain home as much as possible.

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