California as a whole has been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It was one of the first states to shut down its borders and implement multiple restrictions, including a stay-at-home order that asked residents to remain at home as much as possible.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Southern California is experiencing a resurgence in new Covid-19 cases, surpassing other major states like New York. However, Los Angeles officials revealed the possibility of a second shelter order in their city – with other surrounding cities involved.
It comes only two months after the mayor lifted specific restrictions of the shelter order across L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed concerns surrounding the growing rate of cases along with the spread of the virus among certain communities. While he hasn’t made any official announcements, many business owners fear the repercussions of a second shelter order.
The economic challenge
Many people discussed the financial damage caused by the first lockdown and the implications if a second order was implemented.
“It’s very important for businesses to be able to plan, and if we keep opening and closing, that is not in the best interest of those businesses that are trying to stay open,” Maria Salinas, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce told the Los Angeles Times.
While it’s crucial to prioritize the safety and health of customers, it puts entrepreneurs in a challenging position as they have to adjust their practices almost every week to new protocols, standards and regulations. We’ve seen similar adjustments as major corporations and most states are mandating masks in public areas.
Until an official announcement is made, businesses will need to adaptable in an unprecedented situation. They may need to plan for a second lockdown, just in case it happens statewide.