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Los Angeles Is Cracking Down On Stores Refusing To Close During COVID-19 Pandemic

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By Ben Robinson III

The current COVID-19 pandemic continues to mark the beginning of a new normal for citizens all over the world, as new cases are diagnosed everyday and the death toll rises exponentially. Internationally, we have hit the unfortunate milestone of over a million people contracting COVID-19 , and thousands of deaths marking this as one of the worse global tragedies most of us have ever seen. And as things continue to move towards the peak in America, the country is taking action to make things better for everyone.

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Things Change On A Daily Basis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to spiral out of control until it became an inevitable part of our daily lives questions about what we should do to prevent the spread began to arise. And as more information was released things changed from day to day. For instance, initially it was believed we didn't need to wear masks while out getting necessary supplies for our homes. Now, the CDC admits (via The Verge) that we need to wear masks in order to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

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Sign Of The Times

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines today recommending that people in the US wear homemade face coverings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The CDC is additionally advising simple cloth coverings to help people who may have the virus and do not know it keep from from transmitting to others,” said US Surgeon General Jerome Adams in a press conference at the White House today.

Another way cities are trying to stop the spread is by closing down all non-essential businesses, however not everyone is taking the warning seriously. And in Los Angeles, the mayor's office has decided to do something about it.

Making An Example

The L.A. Times reports that because of some store owner's blatant disregard for an order sent out by Mayor Eric Garcetti the city is going to start charging businesses that refuse to close their doors during this global crisis, and they're cracking down immediately making an example of four stores in L.A.

Los Angeles prosecutors on Friday filed criminal charges against two smoke shops, a shoe store and a discount electronics retailer, accusing them of refusing to shut down despite orders imposed to fight the coronavirus.

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"We're all safer at home."

Speaking out on the situation, City Atty. Mike Feuer made it very clear that he would do whatever was in his power to ensure the mayor's order is taken seriously.

“The mayor’s order is clear: Only essential businesses, such as healthcare providers, organizations serving vulnerable populations and grocery stores, may remain open during the COVID-19 emergency,” Feuer said. “We’re all safer at home. Nonessential businesses remaining open at this time jeopardize public health and safety, and my office is committed to vigorously enforcing the mayor’s order.”

Hopefully people will begin to understand how important it is for all of us to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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