LOS ANGELES, CA — The pushback against Los Angeles County’s coronavirus shutdown orders intensified this week with a lawsuit filed by the region’s largest indoor-mall operator, seeking to reopen its doors.
Westfield — which operates indoor malls in Topanga, Culver City, Sherman Oaks, Valencia and Santa Anita — sued the county Monday, calling its mall closures “unjustifiable.” If Westfield gets its way, the Westfield Fashion Square could soon reopen.
According to the lawsuit, malls are safer than other retailers and there is “absolutely no public health justification” for their forced closure. Since the reopening in the summer and shutting down again amid a surge in new cases, county health officials have taken a slower approach to reopening than neighboring counties. Pressure to speed up the reopening process has been mounting for weeks. Monday’s lawsuit follows a proposed federal class-action suit brought by a group of business owners fighting the closure