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What Did You Experience Over Memorial Day? Plus, How Will Houses Of Worship Reopen After Getting Go Ahead From State?




People walk at the boardwalk in Venice Beach during the first day of the Memorial Day holiday weekend amid the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic in California on May 23, 2020.
People walk at the boardwalk in Venice Beach during the first day of the Memorial Day holiday weekend amid the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic in California on May 23, 2020.
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Memorial Day drew crowds of people outside throughout the weekend. State officials have said the holiday weekend would be an important test to weigh whether the state can continue easing restrictions. As cases in L.A. County topped 45,000 over the weekend, officials closed Eaton Canyon Natural Area trails after extremely crowded conditions.  

The California Department of Public Health announced on Memorial Day that churches, temples, mosques and other places of worship have permission to reopen statewide. In-store retail also got the greenlight to reopen, with restrictions. The new guidelines apply to the entire state, but are subject to approval by each county's public health department. That means they don't yet apply to Los Angeles County, although some county supervisors are pushing to open up as soon as possible. Riverside County has already approved the change, allowing religious services to resume immediately. Today on AirTalk, we want to know what you experienced over the holiday weekend. Did you see gatherings or parties? When you ventured out, were people maintaining distance or wearing facial coverings? Also, what are your thoughts about churches and retail stores reopening? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist. Read the full story from Gina Pollack here.

Guest:

Ben Christopher, reporter for CalMatters who’s been writing about the new guidelines, he tweets @FromBenC