LA businesses grapple with new state reopening guidelines

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By Emily Jo Wharry Contributing Writer

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, with daily numbers at their lowest point in the last two months. Public health officials warn residents not to neglect mask-wearing and social distancing to maintain the downward trend. — NBC Los Angeles

L.A. businesses are learning how to navigate the new four-tiered reopening system released by state officials Friday, which provides guidelines based on location and industry. L.A. County currently falls under Tier 1 — “Widespread/Purple”— meaning it has more than seven daily new cases per 100,000 residents. — Los Angeles Daily News

The state’s ban on evictions expires Sept. 1. Lawmakers are voting today on a measure that will extend eviction protections through January 2021 if tenants pay 25% of their rent. — ABC Los Angeles

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Snoop Dogg joined L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer and Inglewood Mayor James Butts for a livestreamed panel discussing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color. — ABC Los Angeles

To manage long lines, the Department of Motor Vehicles has expanded its DMV Express program, as online transactions went up from 1.8 million in July 2019 to nearly 2.2 million in July 2020. The expansion may result in long-term improvements for the DMV’s notoriously slow processing. — L.A. Times

This article first appeared on Los Angeleno and is shared with their permission in partnership with the Los Angeles Wave. You can subscribe for news and features from Los Angeleno here.

Pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles walk in front of closed storefronts. Photo by Afonso Salcedo.

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