School campuses sit empty of students. Signs on storefronts warn that patrons must wear masks to enter. Event venues and amusement parks — the Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios, Disneyland — remain eerily deserted.
No aspect of life in Southern California has remained untouched by the coronavirus pandemic since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19, six months ago. Statewide restrictions, now packaged in a color-coded four-stage system, have remained in effect in various forms ever since.
With deaths and hospitalizations generally on the decline but the virus still lurking and a vaccine not yet within reach, what might the next six months hold? The answer, according to public officials, business owners, parents and community members across the region, is more uncertainty.
Public health improvements on the way
As the coronavirus took hold in March, some experts said it was possible the health threat would ease up over the summer as the weather warmed. That, of course, proved untrue; July saw more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other month to that point.
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