Los Angeles places the entire city under house arrest

Wow. The Mayor of Los Angeles declared Martial Law:

All residents within the city of Los Angeles were ordered to remain in their homes effective immediately, according to a new emergency order issued Wednesday evening.

All travel, including travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit is prohibited.

Failure to comply with the order will constitute a misdemeanor subject to fines and imprisonment, according to the document. The mayor urged the Los Angeles Police Department and the city attorney to “vigorously enforce this.”

Source: Residents in city of Los Angeles ‘ordered to remain in their homes’ amid COVID-19 surge | KTLA

Walking is not an “essential activity” and is prohibited.  But liquor stores will remain open – they are defined as “Essential”! That makes perfectly logical sense, well supported by strong scientific evidence – not.

Meanwhile, huge numbers of people are without incomes, in danger of losing their homes, unable to feed their families. And can’t even walk outside their own home. This is not a zero-sum game. How long until  riots break out in Los Angeles?

It’s also confusing – the city now says this Order has been in effect for days, and is just a revision to an Order in effect since March.

Meanwhile, this afternoon a Judge ordered Los Angeles County to show its evidence for outdoor dining ban – and to provide a full risk vs benefits analysis. Closing all restaurants is not risk free either, he points out.

Update: California is on the verge of banning all “leisure travel” statewide.