Coronavirus: Richard Simmons Returns; News Viewership Up

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Restaurants continue to innovate and adapt as the coronavirus keeps everyone at home. Also, cloth masks become more widely available — and necessary as the evidence points.

Last fall we told you about the Los Feliz store owner who helped save the Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign. Y-Que’s Bill Wyatt is still holding on to the sign and is now selling a variety of cloth masks as recommended for use by the mayor for all Angelenos heading outdoors. Each sells for $15. He also has vintage masks for $5. More than 100 companies will be providing L.A. with masks this month, according to the mayor’s office. We featured one of them, Los Angeles Apparel, yesterday.

L.A. County reported 521 new coronavirus cases since yesterday and another 11 deaths, bringing the total number of patients over 4,566 as the death toll climbed to 89 countywide. — KTLA

Beloved chef and restauranteur Nancy Silverton has tested positive for COVID-19, according to her partner Michael Krikorian. “We got the news this past Monday morning from Mary DeNicola, wife of Dr. Gregg DeNicola whose staff gave us the virus test Friday, March 27. We were on a video conference call with Mary and she said those words, ‘Nancy, you tested positive.’ My knees actually buckled. Nancy’s didn’t.” He writes that she has no symptoms and he tested negative. — Krikorian Writes

The Harbor Patrol confronts a man near the Malibu Pier after he allegedly ignored orders to leave the ocean amid a statewide stay at home order on April 2, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A man allegedly refused to stop paddleboarding in Malibu yesterday and was arrested by the LASD Harbor Patrol for allegedly disobeying a lifeguard. Everyone’s mellows were harshed. — CBS Los Angeles

Working actors are anxious about paying their bills too. “I have a little bit of savings, and I’m watching them dwindle. I do think about what this will mean,” said “Get Shorty” actress Lucy Walters. “I’m a working-class actor. I’m not a household name, but I do make an OK living and that is something I feel proud of. I waitressed, I lived with a mantra of living frugally and I was always waiting until the other shoe dropped. Now it’s dropped.” — L.A. Times

Local TV news viewership is up between 30% to 40% due, in part, to having a captive audience. But TV journalists have had to make a lot of changes, including finding themselves broadcasting from home. — L.A. Times

Why is wearing a mask a good idea right now? Here’s a super gross video of a guy simply talking loudly and releasing countless microdroplets that remain in the air for hours. — BoingBoing

Bob’s Big Boy in Northridge is reviving its classic car-hop service, making to-go orders more fun. “Most of our customers are seniors,” said Lorena Sanchez. “Hopefully, with the service, we can bring food to their cars and make them feel safer.” — Daily News

Coolhaus ice cream truck
Not just for ice cream anymore. A mobile bodega. Image courtesy of Vervet.

Starting on Tuesday, Coolhaus will turn their vehicles into mobile food, groceries, cocktails and ice cream trucks. What could be considered a bodega on wheels is a partnership between Hollywood’s 101 Coffee Shop, MiniBar, Future Gin and local bottled cocktail company Vervet. “It’s an ice cream truck with alcohol!” — Eater L.A.

It took a global pandemic to get Richard Simmons out of his self-imposed exile and back to helping people get physical, but here he is and he wants you to sweat. “The revival is due to fans clamoring for him to return and lead them through at-home exercise routines again.” — TMZ

The Getty challenged people to recreate their favorite art using materials they have at home. The results are beautiful. — Colossal

Attention Jim, James, Paul and Tyrone! On Sunday, Erykah Badu and her band will livestream a concert from her home. Viewers will be able to “move from room to room inside her home, exploring and experimenting with different genres of music interpreted through her catalog of hits.” Price: $2. — Pitchfork

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