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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60 new coronavirus cases in Meck. County ends local stay-at-home order to match NC rules

Jene J. Long

Mecklenburg County’s total coronavirus cases reached 1,627, according to state health data Thursday morning, and local officials say at least 734 of those people have recovered.

County health officials said Thursday 49 people with COVID-19 have died locally.

The state’s tally adds 60 new cases from the previous day, the Department of Health and Human Services reported.

The number of new cases on Thursday is slightly higher than what the county has seen for the last seven days. In the last week, the county has seen average of 38 new cases each day.

However, health officials have said the day-to-day change in the number of cases will fluctuate, based on testing backlog, criteria for testing, and access to tests. Mecklenburg County’s health director has warned that the number of cases is a limited view, and that many people who have COVID-19 may not be tested.

Mecklenburg, which unlike the

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