On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) and County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced that stay-at-home orders would stay in place until August. 

Garcetti later that afternoon said that “it’s important not to overreact…to not freak out,” as he faced backlash for the announcement. He then added,  “our compliance with these orders helps us take steps forward.”

On Wednesday, Garcetti elaborated further. 

“While the City’s Safer at Home order will remain in place beyond May 15, we will also continue to adjust the order gradually — to safely allow more activities, more businesses to operate, and more Angelenos to get back to work.,” he said. 

The mayor added, “We’re not moving past COVID-19, we’re learning to live with it — and we will keep taking measured steps toward a new, safer reality in the days and weeks ahead.”

County Supervisor chair Kathryn Barger said that Dr. Ferrer’s message was “taken out of context.”

“Relaxing the restrictions in the Safer-At-Home order is an important focus for the county, which will be done gradually over the next few months,” Barger said. “I am eager to reopen more of L.A. County as soon as it’s safe to do so, in collaboration with our health experts, community leaders, businesses and residents, with best practices in place to ensure our overall health and well-being.”

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