Following the rise in coronavirus cases in California, Los Angeles County has imposed a mandatory 10 quarantine for anyone who travels into the region from outside. Los Angeles County joins Santa Clara and San Francisco in enforcing this order.
According to sources, Los Angeles county in the past month has seen their COVID cases go from 400,000 to 800,000. And on Sunday, an additional 12,488 COVID cases were reported, with 91 deaths caused by the virus. They have over 7500 COVID patients hospitalized, with about 21% of patients filling up the ICU.
So, in a bid to reduce the spread, the travel orders had to be put in place. The Director of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer, said, “The strategy for stopping the surge is fairly straightforward. When people stay away from other people, the virus cannot spread as it is doing now,”
While in quarantine, it is advised that travelers avoid making contact with people and have their groceries delivered to them to ensure everyone’s safety.
Who Is Exempted From the Los Angeles Quarantine Order?
According to the official Los Angeles County document, the people exempted include:
- Licensed healthcare professionals
- The people working for essential government or infrastructure reasons
- The people traveling through Los Angeles county and not staying overnight
- Members of professional sport teams
- Film or Media personnel, operating with the county.
- Any person providing care to any minors, dependents, elderly persons, or persons with disabilities and whose travel was solely to provide care.
How Long Will the Quarantine Order Last?
No date has been stated yet. But in a statement by L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, she said
“We already saw what happened after all of the travel and the intermingling across the Thanksgiving holiday,” she said. “The possibilities are far too great that, in addition to the memories and gifts you came home with, you may have also brought the coronavirus.
“You may not show symptoms yet. You may never show symptoms. But that doesn’t mean you’re not infected with this virus. The best way to ensure you don’t infect others is to remain home for the COVID-19 incubation period. And this means for a minimum of 10 days.”
It’s Time to Opt for Hybrid Events
This news simply shows that events won’t be the same. If the COVID cases worsen in California and the US, many counties will have no choice but to implement this rule, and this will mean that your guests from outside your county or state won’t be able to attend.
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