Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to CNN's Jake Tapper following a report that the county is likely to remain under some sort of stay-at-home order for months.
The mayor said he wants to "reassure" residents that this doesn't mean "we'll stay exactly as we are for three more months."
"I want to reassure people, there was panic from the headlines that we'll stay exactly as we are for three more months, and that's not the case. I think she was saying we're not going to fully reopen Los Angeles or anywhere in America without any protections or health orders in the next three months. I think it's going to be longer than three months. We're not moving past Covid-19. We're learning to live with it," the mayor said.
Garcetti's comments to CNN came after Los Angeles Health Director Barbara Ferrer said “with all certainty,” the stay at home order will be extended another three months. Restrictions will continue to be lifted, while the order remains, Ferrer explained.
Los Angeles County’s current order holds until May 15, but the stay-at-home order in California is open-ended.
Addressing the order, Garcetti explained, "There's no radical changes in the next week coming."
He continued: "That doesn't mean three weeks from now, six weeks from now, two months from now, we won't continuously edit that order and make sure we open up safely as much as we can, and if it gets dangerous, we may need to step back at times as well. I've always told people the hard truths."