Avoid weekend trips and summer vacations, California health officials warn

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Tourists and Angelenos enjoy the beach in Santa Monica, California, on April 21, 2019. (DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty)

Tourists and Angelenos enjoy the beach in Santa Monica, California, on April 21, 2019. (DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty)

As Americans start planning summer vacations, health officials in California urged the public to not take leisure trips, including weekend trips, in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

“We are, in fact, asking people in our health officer order to avoid nonessential travel and we would ask that our neighbors across the state and across the country do the same,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “There’s probably very few places in the world right now that would like to see travel into their communities.”

There is no mandatory 14-day mandatory quarantine for visitors coming to California, as is the case in Hawaii, which is punishable by a $5,000 fine and a year in imprisonment.

But Ferrer requested that people coming to L.A. County “do self-quarantine when you come in [and] you do keep yourself away from other people … for that 14-day period.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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