Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged residents to stay at home as much as possible for the next few weeks, as coronavirus cases surge across the county and California.
“Los Angeles is in a very dangerous situation,” Garcetti said. “We must stay home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks except for accessing essential services.”
The county is currently seeing the highest daily case numbers since the middle of July, according to Garcetti. Infection rates are rising, and hospitalizations are increasing.
“The situation in L.A. is more concerning than it’s ever been,” he added. “I don’t say this to scare you, I don’t say this to try to spin the numbers, it is just the truth.”
Coronavirus response: The county is expanding its testing sites and will be offering testing for passengers and employees at Los Angeles International Airport, where results can be expected within 24 hours.
Travel during the holidays: Garcetti strongly urged residents to cancel any non-essential travel plans.
“If you don’t have essential travel, don’t travel,” he said. “If you don’t have to take a trip as an essential worker or because of a family emergency, don’t travel.”
A statewide travel advisory was issued on Friday asking all California residents to avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.