Apr 15, 2020 - Politics & Policy

LA mayor: Coronavirus could halt city's sports and concerts until 2021

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that large gatherings in the city, including sporting events and concerts, could be delayed until 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The big picture: Cities and states are grappling with plans to restart their economies while maintaining public health. Garcetti said in a conference call with his staff that reopening should begin with "essential businesses and small businesses ... phased in over a period of time [6-10 months]," per the Times.

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that "the prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine," per the Times.
  • Newsom's administration has suggested that "health checks" could become the new norm when the workforce resumes, and the state may stagger school start times if students return to the classroom this fall.
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