These businesses can open in L.A. County beginning Friday

Jene J. Long
Manager Danny Justman at Pawnmart in Norwalk. <span class="copyright">(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Manager Danny Justman at Pawnmart in Norwalk. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

It’s not much, but Los Angeles County announced the very first steps in easing stay-at-home rules that have slowed the spread of coronavirus.

While some counties have defied the state and reopened widely, Los Angeles County said its easing efforts are much more modest, given the region remains the epicenter of coronavirus in California with more than 1,300 deaths.

Florists, car dealers and various types of brick-and-mortar stores — including those that sell toys, music, books, clothing and sporting goods — will be allowed to be open for curbside pickup only. In-store shopping will not be permitted.

Here are details:

Nonessential business: reopening for curbside pick-up with adherence to distancing and infection-control protocols

Outdoor parks and recreational facilities are open provided all activities adhere to distancing and infection-control protocols

These rules remain:

  • Wear a face covering

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‘I’m not going to comply.’ Businesses in Arizona defy stay-home orders.

Jene J. Long

The state of Arizona was still on a generalized stay-at-home order Friday morning. But that did not stop a handful of businesses from announcing they planned to reopen anyway, in seeming violation of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s ongoing orders. 

Ducey this week extended what had already been a month-long shutdown of nonessential services in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But some small businesses had already vowed to reopen May 1 – with or without the governor’s permission. 

Some firebrand businesses owners backed down from their vows to defy a state shutdown, while others were preparing to open their doors. The question facing Arizona on Friday was how many might really break the rules, and what, if anything, would be the consequences.

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