Coronavirus: LA County Expected to Mandate Non-Essential Retail Businesses to Close

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to changes in the way local businesses are operating. L.A. County is expected to announce mandatory closure of non-essential retail businesses to close within the next 24 hours.

The closure is meant to take aggressive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 as news cases are increasing at a rapid pace.

The threat of a national lockdown looms with confirmation the mandated quarantine could hit Malibu soon as City officials hinted yesterday a decision to order residents to shelter-at-home may come in the next 48 hours, updated today to 24 hours.

San Luis Obispo county ordered residents on lockdown yesterday starting today at 5 p.m., through April 17th, to be reviewed by officials every two weeks. Only essential businesses such as grocery stores, banks, gas stations etc. to be operating during the shutdown. Everyone else must work at home. LA County is expected to follow later today mandating non-essential retail businesses to shutter for the next month possibly re-evaluating as new information is available.

Grocery stores continue to re-stock daily, placing limits on essential and high demand items. Officials maintain supply chains have enough food and continue to produce and distribute throughout the global health crisis. Local restaurants and food delivery services will be allowed to continue business under the new take-out guidelines.

LASD Lost Hills station is on full deployment with every available officer out in field for the duration of the shelter-in-place orders.

Our sister site Malibu Disaster Communications provides and in-depth list of local restaurants and grocery stores still servicing the community. The site also will be home to all essential information needed to navigate this global health and economic crisis, including a live twitter news feed.


Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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