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New COVID-19 Health Order Tomorrow; Gyms, Other Businesses May Open Friday

A screen capture of the Facebook Live online streaming of the L.A. County daily press briefing, on June 10, 2020. Director of LACDPH Barbara Ferrer gives the status update.


Alhambra , CA

More business sectors in L.A. County will be allowed to reopen late this week after the health department issues new guidelines on COVID-19 health and safety.

The State of California previously released guidance, with an effective date no sooner than Friday, June 12. The county will also allow some sectors to open on that date, releasing an update to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Health Officer Order, Thursday.

Some of the first businesses that were shut down in March, including bars, entertainment venues and gyms, are in this group that would be allowed to reopen.

The modified law will allow businesses to open once they implement the required protocols for infection control and distancing.

“It’s a little bit like walking on a tightrope,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at Wednesday’s press briefing, and that the county can continue to push forward if all sectors adhere to the safety orders. “It is the one way for us to reopen,” she added.

Those allowed to open on Friday, with modifications, include:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Pro-league arenas without live audiences
  • Day camps
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
  • Music, film and television production
  • Hotels for leisure travel

As always, employees, residents and patrons need to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.

The Alhambra Source reached out to a few of these businesses, particularly fitness centers, but many have disconnected phone numbers or did not answer. Those who were unavailable included LA Fitness, Mission Fitness Center, Crossfit Alhambra and Optimum Fitness & Performance.

The West San Gabriel Valley YMCA was also unavailable by phone.

Formless Champion Boxing Ultimate Sport & Fitness, a private gym for martial arts and boxing training and lessons, will only be doing private lessons. Yoga Darsana has been planning an opening for July.

Some businesses or activities that are still not permitted to operate anywhere in California include “personal services” like nail salons, tattoo parlors and body waxing, nightclubs, concert venues, higher education – which presumably means in-person education but K-12 schools are also closed for in-person instruction at the moment, and theme parks.

Ferrer also updated the COVID-19 status of the county. There were 61 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total countywide number to 2,768. Of confirmed cases, 1,275 were reported to the county in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 67,064.

To date, over 732,000 people have been tested. Just under 8% have been positive for COVID-19.

Department of Health Services Director Christina Ghaly updated the modeling projections of rate of transmission and the county’s ability to deal with any surge that might be on the horizon.

Based on the numbers of people currently in the hospital and the transmission rate of slightly more than one person infected per one person with the virus, the county is prepared to deal with hospitalizations, but might not have adequate ICU beds in the event of a surge of cases.

Ghaly said this is a “pivotal moment” in this pandemic and though the county is still asking people not to have large gatherings, there are still other good reasons people might leave their home. Many businesses have reopened and some workers don’t have the luxury of being on the job at home, for example.

Ghaly said the county’s vibrancy is not just dependent on COVID-19. Some residents want to “lend their voice in the fight for justice” and the county supports the protesters and wants them to be safely participating by wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance when possible.

“We are completely not out of the woods, we are still in the middle of the woods and we still have a lot of risk,” Ferrer said.

The county is urging those who think they may have had an exposure to get tested and self-isolate. You can make appointments for testing on the county’s testing site.

Alhambra has had 256 cases and L.A. County’s COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard continues to have eight deaths listed.

For all of the county’s investigations of congregate settings, go to their locations page.

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