Los Angeles County has become the latest county in California to impose a mandatory quarantine on long-distance travelers.
At least two other counties — Santa Clara and San Francisco — have similar mandatory orders. The California Department of Public Health on Nov. 13 issued an advisory urging Californians to stay home or in their region and avoid nonessential travel, including for tourism or recreation.
The regional stay-at-home order prohibits hotels and other lodging companies from offering rooms to people visiting for tourism and leisure.
The moves are part of a desperate effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, which is pushing hospitals to the breaking point. L.A. County has seen an unprecedented surge in both cases and deaths since November and has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hot spots.