Los Angeles, New York City, And Las Vegas Become Latest To Completely Shut Down

Los Angeles has become the latest area to effectively close down amid the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

On Saturday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his city would be closing most entertainment venues, including bars, nightclubs, and gyms.

“This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together,” Garcetti said via ABC News.

ABC News reports the executive order will impact other industries as well:

Restaurants will remain open only for takeout and delivery.

The order extends to libraries, recreation centers and zoos.

Grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks will remain open, the mayor said. In addition, the announcement included a moratorium on evictions for renters.

The iconic Las Vegas strip will also be closed, including all bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues and gyms until the end of the month.

Here’s more, from ABC News:

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Wynn Las Vegas and Encore on the Las Vegas strip will be temporarily closed.

Wynn Resorts will continue to pay all of its full-time employees, according to a statement from the company.

A limited number of employees and management will remain at the resorts to secure and maintain the facilities.

The closure will take effect on Tuesday and will last for at least two weeks.

All MGM resorts on the strip will close as well, MGM announced. Casino operations will close on Monday, and hotel operations will close on Tuesday.

A similar announcement was made across the country in New York City by its mayor, Bill de Blasio.

In a statement, Blasio said he would be signing an order to restrict travel and limit recreational activities, including limits on “restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery.”

“This is not a decision I make lightly,” he continued per ABC News. “These places are part of the heart and soul of our city.”

“They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality,” he added.

The closing of both cities were in response to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issuing new recommendations for people to avoid gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.

“The types of events include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other similar assemblies, according to a statement from the CDC,” ABC News adds.