Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has banned residents from leaving their homes for no good reason and from holding public events as part of a new set of measures to contain the coronavirus.
The mayor’s decree restricts almost all out-of-home gatherings, with the exception of constitutionally protected religious services and protests.
“We should refrain from meeting people outside of our family wherever possible,” Garcetti said in a statement, adding that his decree is necessary to protect the lives and property of residents.
It also ordered the closure of businesses requiring the personal presence of employees and imposed travel restrictions, albeit with some exceptions.
According to the text of the decree, people can “legally” leave their homes if they have one of the listed valid reasons.