All residents within the city of Los Angeles were ordered to remain in their homes effective immediately, according to a new emergency order issued Wednesday evening.
The previous “safer-at-home” order was withdrawn and superseded by the new one issued Wednesday, which is “necessary for the protection of life and property in the City of Los Angeles,” the order states.
Many residents were notified with an email and text alert from the city’s NotifyLA System Wednesday night.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti held a briefing just two hours earlier but did not mention the new rules.
All businesses in the city were ordered to cease operations that require in-person attendance of staff.
All travel, including travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit is prohibited.
However, there is a broad list of exceptions for various businesses and workers deemed essential.
People may lawfully leave their residences only to engage in defined essential activities.
Those experiencing homelessness are exempt from the requirement to stay in their homes.
Failure to comply with the order will constitute a misdemeanor subject to fines and imprisonment, according to the document. The mayor urged the Los Angeles Police Department and the city attorney to “vigorously enforce this.”
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