Restaurants like Bottega Louie in West Hollywood and The Village Idiot, not far from WeHo in Los Angeles, have closed for safety measures as COVID Delta cases surge in Southern California.
“out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our guests and staff, we have decided to close Bottega Louie West Hollywood for a few days, due to increase COVID-19 cases,” reads a statement on the restaurant’s website. “We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you apprised for our re-opening date.”
The Village Idiot restaurant at 7383 Melrose Avenue is also closing “temporarily” while their staff tests for coronavirus. According to their website, it will reopen when they believe it is safe to do so. “Very sorry for the inconvenience…we hope to see you later this week.”
Bottega Louie does not have the best history in the city of West Hollywood when it comes to closing for “few days.” The question is, will other restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area shut their doors in response to the recent Covid Delta surge?
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health modified its Health Officer Order to require masking for everyone while indoors at public settings and businesses, regardless of vaccination status.
Los Angeles County indoor masking requirements for everyone went into effective Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. This requirement includes the City of West Hollywood. Some exceptions will apply, as with masking requirements that were in place prior to the June 15 reopening. The modified Health Officer Order will be posted on the LA County Public Health website on Friday, July 16, 2021. For additional details and specifics, please visit the LA County Public Health website athttp://ph.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus — the order and any updated Appendices will be posted as they become available.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department issued a statement stating that it will not enforce the mask mandate. “Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines,” reads the statement by Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva. “The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will instead ask for voluntary compliance.”
Community transmission of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County has rapidly increased from Moderate to Substantial. Emerging data affirms that fully vaccinated people are well protected from severe infections with Delta variants, but people who have received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine (such as Pfizer or Moderna) are not as well protected until after they have received a second dose. There is evidence that individuals who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine are well protected. However, there is evidence, as well, that a very small number of fully vaccinated individuals can become infected. From June 27 to July 3, the percentage of sequenced Delta variants 71 percent of all sequences collected that week. In addition, given that approximately 4 million residents in Los Angeles County are not yet fully vaccinated, the risk of increased community spread remains high.
Local Public Health Officials are reminding community members that it is important to get tested for COVID-19 infection for people who develop symptoms, even if fully vaccinated. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. COVID-19 testing remains widely available across the county. Residents should first call their healthcare provider for a COVID-19 test. For people who cannot get a test through a healthcare provider, free testing is available; please visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.
Los Angeles County coordinates a COVID-19 West Hollywood testing site at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The testing site is open each week from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is adjacent to the Community Center in the South Parking Lot. Tests are being administered by Fulgent Genetics. Although walk-ins are welcome, it is strongly encouraged that those interested in getting a test pre-register for an appointment at la.fulgentgenetics.com. People getting tests should bring ID and confirmation number to the appointment.
Health officials urge all people to get vaccinated. Residents ages 12 and older with internet access are urged to use www.VaccinateLACounty.com to sign up for a vaccination appointment. For people without access to a computer or the Internet, or people with disabilities, an LA County call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at (833) 540-0473.
Additional information, such as links to West Hollywood-area drug store chains offering vaccinations, is available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/coronavirus in the Vaccines and Testing Information section.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after they have received the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks or more after they have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.