(ETH) – If you live in the city of Los Angeles and are hoping that things will return to some state of normal, you may want to pack a lunch and be prepared to wait a whole lot longer! That’s because the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti just stated on Wednesday that the city won’t fully reopen until there’s a vaccine for the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America”, Garcetti decided to clarify recent comments made by the county public health director Barbara Ferrer that initially suggested the COVID lockdown would continue for another three months.
According to CBS Los Angeles, Ferrer and other county officials Tuesday appeared to back off those remarks, saying residents can expect to remain under some type of “Safer At Home” restrictions well into the summer barring any major change in the fight against the coronavirus.
Garcetti urged residents to not “overreact” to the comments and went on to say that L.A. would “never be completely open” until there is a vaccine. “I think we have to all recognize that we’re not moving beyond COVID-19,” Garcetti said. “We’re learning to live with it.” The mayor went on to highlight steps such as county beaches reopening for active use only and retailers expanding to curbside and delivery services. “We’ve never been fully closed, we’ll never be completely open until we have a cure,” he added.