L.A. County Public Health chief Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced on Tuesday that the county stay-at-home order will “with all certainty” be extended through July. The announcement comes as numbers of confirmed cases and deaths in the county continue to grow.
While Ferrer stated that there could be intermediate baby steps toward normalization during the coming three months, the Los Angeles Times reports that, in order to roll back restrictions completely, officials are looking for a variety of things to be in place that aren’t yet ready. That includes making testing so rapid and widespread that Angelenos might be able to self-test at home daily before going out, and making additional therapeutics widely accessible.
News of plans to keep the bulk of the county’s stay-at-home order in place comes just a day before the county is set to reopen beaches, and quickly on the heels of the reopening of some hiking trails, recreation facilities, and retailers. Those relaxations of the policy will stay in place, at least for now.