LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- In the latest step toward further reopening the region's economy, Los Angeles County is expected to modify its health order that will allow several businesses to resume operations, including gyms, day camps and professional sports facilities without spectators starting Friday.
The order will be modified on Thursday, allowing those businesses to reopen their doors as early as June 12, county public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced on Wednesday.
Phase 3 of reopening Los Angeles County got the official green light, but the good news comes as health officials warn the spread of the coronavirus is increasing.
"The model predicts more firmly that the spread of COVID-19 in the Los Angeles County area is likely to increase gradually over time," said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of L.A. County health services.
Zoos, aquariums, campgrounds, swimming pools, hotels for leisure travel and music, TV and film production will also be included in this phase of reopening once they implement required health protocols to limit the spread of coronavirus. That includes facial coverings and physical distancing guidelines.
"This is really the only way for us to reopen without creating huge increases in cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19," Ferrer said.
The Department of Public Health confirmed 61 new coronavirus deaths and another 1,275 new COVID-19 cases. Ferrer said deaths from the virus are continuing to trend downward. As for at home parties and gatherings, Ferrer says we're not out of the woods, and people should remain with members of their household.