Los Angeles County’s road to COVID-19 recovery has been anything but smooth.
The region’s economy — like the rest of the world’s — ground to a halt last spring, when officials imposed sweeping restrictions after confirming the early embers of what would become a raging pandemic.
Things got moving somewhat a few weeks and a flatter curve later, only for the arrival of a summer surge to once again put the brakes on.
Another round of reopenings was abandoned in the fall, when what would prove to be the worst wave of COVID-19 yet roared to life.
But, despite the fits and starts that have typified the region’s journey over the last 14 months, this time feels different.
L.A. County on Tuesday progressed into the least restrictive, yellow tier of California’s reopening system — clearing the way for the nation’s most populous county to unshackle its economy to the widest extent currently possible.
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