City of Los Angeles lawyer Mike Feuer said on Tuesday that his office had filed lawsuits against 60 companies that violated the city's Safer At Home instructions by staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"All of our hard work to slow the spread of COVID-19 could be wasted if companies break the rules and open them early," said Feuer. "Of course we all want to go back to work and go back to our routines, and I'm extremely sympathetic to companies that are struggling so much right now."
Certain smaller companies were allowed to open on Friday under the orders of Mayor Eric Garcetti. However, other companies, including hair salons, gyms, and massage shops, have been instructed to remain closed due to the close contact with others that is inevitable in their company.
Feuer went on to say that as the economy slowly emerges from COVID 19 orders, the quickest way to reopen businesses is for people to have the "discipline to follow the rules now."
"… my office will continue to be vigilant in enforcing the Safer at Home regulation and will ensure that non-essential businesses are not opened until our health experts have declared it safe," he said.
A full list of 60 companies cited by the prosecutor can be found here.