Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, on Tuesday, California’s state university suspended classes on campus for the fall semester and moved instruction online. The Los Angeles County said its stay-at-home order might be extended by three months.
The announcements came after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, told Congress that lifting the imposed lockdown could give rise to new outbreaks of the virus that has killed about 81,000 people in America.
The chancellor of California State University said classes for the semester that begins in September would be canceled at all its 23 campuses, with instruction posted online.
Timothy White, the chancellor of the university, said, “Our university, when functioning without restrictions and in full strength, as is the traditional norm of the past, is a place where over 500,000 people come together in close and vibrant proximity with each other daily.”
“That approach, sadly, just isn’t in the cards now,” he added.
Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Health Director, said stay-at-home orders for 10 million residents, including the city of Los Angeles, might remain in place through the summer in some form.
“While the Safer at Home orders will remain in place over the next few months, restrictions will be gradually relaxed,” Barbara said.
Her remarks came after Gavin Newsom, California Governor, allowed restaurants in some parts of the state to begin sit-down dining under modified conditions, and outdoor shopping malls to allow curbside pickup.
Offices in some parts of the state can also open with a few restrictions, Newsom said. However, salons, tattoo parlors, and fitness clubs have not received reopening orders.