L.A. County Public Health Officials Suspend All Outdoor Restaurant Dining Amid Surge of COVID-19 Cases

Outdoor Dining at Hamburger Mary's WeHo - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Los Angeles County Public Health Officials announced they will issue an order shutting down all outdoor dinning at restaurants in response to a rise in new COVID-19 cases. Effective Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 10 p.m., restaurants are back to only offering curbside pickup and deliveries.

L.A county announced last week that effective Friday, November 20, 2020, the county was taking safeguards and restrictions aimed at protecting the public health and safety of community members.

The first Los Angeles County measures that went into effect this past Friday, include:

  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors — including retail stores, offices, and personal care services — occupancy will be limited to 25 percent maximum capacity.
  • The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries, and wineries will be limited to 50 percent maximum outdoor capacity.
  • Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
  • Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
  • Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households. Indoor gatherings with people outside of the immediate household are not permitted.

Los Angeles County health officials issued curfew restrictions that went into effect yesterday. Businesses like restaurants, wineries and other non-essential service providers were limited to a maximum of 50% outdoor capacity. Under the updated health Order announced earlier this week, a list of businesses and other non-essential establishments must close between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.—however, businesses can still offer pick-up and delivery services outside of these hours.

1,473 coronavirus patients have been confirmed in L.A. County hospitals as of yesterday. It’s an increase of about 92% from the previous month. 2,718 new cases were reported today. There were nine deaths.

The new updated Order barring restaurants from offering outdoor dining will remain in place for at least three weeks.

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eduardo espinoza
eduardo espinoza
1 year ago

Sadly, the poor response and management of covid by LA county and its leaders have now destroyed all small businesses while the teachers unions fail to keep our children learning, 50% of elementary school children are failing.

Time to vote out the Dem establishment that has kept our rights, businesses and hurt our children with misguided laws and rules.

1 year ago

so ridiculous so enfuriating