In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced sweeping restrictions on gatherings, business, and travel. The mayor is asking Californians to “cancel everything’ in the wake of a severe spike in Corona Virus cases, with the state quickly approaching its limit on hospital beds.
Last Wednesday, there was reported a total of 5,987 new cases of the virus, which came one day after a record high of 7,593 cases. The mayor pleaded with Angelinos to forego meeting with friends and family during the holiday season, and to avoid any and all social contact that isn’t absolutely essential.
Travel on foot, by bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, car, or public transit is also prohibited by the order. There is, however, a broad range of exceptions to the rule. Among them are outdoor churches, childcare places, care homes, and gas stations – just to name a few. There is also a curfew during which businesses and permitted activities must cease between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am.
According to the new order, failing to comply is a misdemeanor offense and is subject to fines and imprisonment. The City Attorney has ordered the police force to “vigorously enforce” the order, so if you think you’re going to be able to flout the new orders because of your freedoms… you had better think again.
While it might seem like a lot, misdemeanor offenses are often not very serious, and often result in a fine or probation in lieu of jail time. Fines typically cap at about $1,000 (though it can be more for more serious misdemeanors) and jail time caps at six months. Again, most people accused of misdemeanors end up paying a fine or serving probation.
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