LA mulls tougher Covid restrictions on malls, retailers

County now averaging 240 coronavirus deaths a day

Los Angeles /
Jan.January 15, 2021 09:00 AM
Mayor Eric Garcetti (Getty, iStock)
Mayor Eric Garcetti (Getty, iStock)

With Los Angeles County now averaging 240 Covid deaths a day, tougher restrictions on businesses could be on the way to slow the spread, which could affect indoor malls, outdoor gyms and other retailers.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would support such an order that could involve limiting customer capacity, which the county Department of Public Health is mulling, according to the Los Angeles Times.

As it stands, indoor malls and retailers are instructed to operate at 20 percent capacity, while outdoor gyms can operate at 50 percent capacity. But not all businesses have been adhering to the orders.

County health officials have cited six malls — some of them multiple times — for violating coronavirus safety protocols since Black Friday. Craig Realty’s Citadel Outlets in Commerce was cited on four different occasions and Rick Caruso’s Grove mall in Fairfax was cited twice, among others. L.A. health officials have issued 526 citations to businesses for Covid violations since the end of August 2020, including 157 since Dec. 1.

Garcetti on Thursday said additional closures may not be necessary if cases level off, “but the moment it goes up, like we saw in December — at any pace like that — absolutely, that is something we cannot sustain and most importantly, our hospitals cannot,” according to the Times.

The report noted more than 2,000 Covid deaths countywide in the past two weeks. Late last month, the state extended stay-at-home orders for most of California, including the ban on outdoor dining. [LAT] — Alexi Friedman 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Caruso has previously expressed interest in a potential run (Getty, Photo Illustration by The Real Deal)
Caruso for mayor? Developer hints at possible LA run
Caruso for mayor? Developer hints at possible LA run
The latest measure comes a month after the state lifted most restrictions. (Getty)
LA County retailers, indoor venues must mask (back) up
LA County retailers, indoor venues must mask (back) up
Nury Martinez (Getty)
LA’s acting mayor-to-be is affordable housing advocate and “pro-development”
LA’s acting mayor-to-be is affordable housing advocate and “pro-development”
Photo illustration of Mayor Eric Garcetti (Getty, iStock)
Garcetti exits LA, with a Downtown transformed by development, stung by scandal
Garcetti exits LA, with a Downtown transformed by development, stung by scandal
Eastern Real Estate — led by Brian Kelly and Daniel Doherty, above — and Atlas Capital Group acquired Eagle Rock Plaza (Eastern Real Estate)
450K-sf Eagle Rock mall sells; buyers may add resi complex
450K-sf Eagle Rock mall sells; buyers may add resi complex
The new lease keeps the Lakers in the stadium through 2041. (Getty)
AEG will spend “nine figures” for Staples Center renovation
AEG will spend “nine figures” for Staples Center renovation
LoanCore Capital CEO Mark Finerman and 4707 Venice Boulevard (Google Maps)
Ralphs-anchored Mid-City mall nabs $64M refi
Ralphs-anchored Mid-City mall nabs $64M refi
California is waiting to adopt the CDC maskless decision. (Getty)
California still says mask up at office, for now
California still says mask up at office, for now
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...