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Daily COVID-19 Update: Masks Now A Must In LA City

A street vendor sells face masks from a pop up stand on April 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
A street vendor sells face masks from a pop up stand on April 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday afternoon that face coverings are now required in the city of Los Angeles when going out in public. L.A. residents must now wear a mask when entering any retail establishment, when exercising in your neighborhood or on a beach or trail, and when using any form of public transportation or passing through Los Angeles International Airport.

L.A. County Beaches also reopened on Wednesday for active use only and provided that beachgoers observe physical distancing. LAist’s Chava Sanchez visited Venice Beach on its first day back open to see how many people showed up and whether folks were following the rules. You can read about what Chava saw at

Meanwhile, Nearly 3 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as the viral outbreak led more companies to slash jobs even though most states have begun to let some businesses reopen under certain restrictions. Roughly 36 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the two months since the coronavirus first forced millions of businesses to close their doors and shrink their workforces, the Labor Department said Thursday. An additional 842,000 people applied for aid last week through a separate federal program set up for the self-employed and gig workers. On Capitol Hill, the U.S. immunologist who says he lost his government job because he warned the Trump administration to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic isn't backing off his bleak forecast. Dr. Rick Bright is telling Congress that America faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless its leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus. Bright appeared Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In prepared testimony, Bright says failing to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, could mean the pandemic will get far worse and cause unprecedented illness and fatalities. President Donald Trump has called Bright “a disgruntled employee."

With files from the Associated Press


Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital