L.A. Mayor Says Another Shutdown Could Be Coming As Cases Rise

In an interview Sunday morning, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said that as cases continue to rise in the county, another shutdown could be in the near future. Across the country, state and local governments are being forced to make decisions about what to do as the pandemic continues.

Mayor Garcetti says another shutdown could be coming
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Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN, Mayor Garcetti said in a Sunday interview that opening businesses back up too soon was the likely cause of the surge in cases, and that, while it’s not his decision to make alone, L.A. could be preparing for another shutdown.

He said that the virus ‘preys on’ the nation’s failure to come together with a unified front, and that the pandemic could be Donald Trump’s last chance to demonstrate leadership and protect the American people. For his city, though, he said that the higher levels of testing and the availability of ventilators and hospital beds are helping, and that a “surgical” response, with plenty of testing and response where outbreaks happen, is a better move forward than a unilateral shutdown.

Mayor Garcetti has been actively promoting measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, asking the people of his city to cover their faces and participate in social distancing.

Across the nation, cases continue to surge and lockdowns may be coming back. The Washington Post reported recently that CDC director Robert Redfield is saying the pandemic could be brought to an end in four to eight weeks if everyone would wear masks. However, the politicization of mask-wearing makes this more difficult.

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