Los Angeles, CA – The reopening process for the city is a slow and arduous one. The city has been one of the hardest-hit locations for COVID-19. As the death rates start to slow down, shops and small businesses are looking to open their doors to the public. Unfortunately, many will have to continue to wait.
The numbers still do not look good for Californians. As one of the most populated areas in the country, the infection rate is higher than even New York.
Governor Newson released a statement on the matter:
“We can quickly find ourselves back to where we were just a few weeks ago, a month ago, with significant increases if we do not maintain our vigilance, if we do not maintain our focus,” Newsom said. “This virus is not going away. It’s not just going to take Labor Day weekend off. It’s not going to take Halloween off, the holidays off.”
Reopening Too Quickly Has Its Problems
As other states have proven, reopening too soon can be costly. In states like Arizona, Texas, and Florida, the numbers are looking worse by the day. These states are well into their reopening process. With limited restrictions and unsafe procedures by both businesses and customers, the numbers are skyrocketing.
For states that have not been drastically affected, they are opening their doors to the public. In New Hampshire – where cases remain low – most places are back in business. For California, the appropriate measures must be taken in order for the state to return to normal.
“The key indicators that we closely monitor at Public Health are looking positive, and I want to give credit to a large number of our county residents who heeded our orders and took the personal, basic actions needed to slow this virus,” Barbara Ferrer, director of L.A. County’s Department of Public Health, said in a statement. But for our long-term success, we need to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. We can’t simply go back to life as we knew it before March.”