Cities, states close bars and other venues

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city will be closing bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues and gyms until at least March 31.

Restaurants will remain open only for takeout and delivery.

The order extends to libraries, recreation centers and zoos.

Grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks will remain open, the mayor said. In addition, the announcement included a moratorium on evictions for renters.

The executive order, which came an hour after New York City made a similar announcement, puts the United States’ two largest cities under unprecedented restrictions during a national health crisis.

The Los Angeles closures go into effect Sunday at midnight local time.

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