After issuing a stern warning last week about the rising spread of coronavirus, L.A. County officials have made good on their plan to increase restrictions if COVID-19 cases kept rising.
On Sunday, the average number of cases over the previous five days was above 4,000. In response, outdoor dining will no longer be permitted as of Wednesday night. The move came after officials instituted a limited stay-at-home mandate, requiring that residents not leave the house (with a few exceptions) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The new restrictions on outdoor dining will be in effect for at least three weeks. They apply to restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries.
“We hope individuals continue to support restaurants, breweries and wineries by ordering for take-out or delivery,” said Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s Director of Public Health. “We also fervently hope every L.A. County resident supports all our businesses by following the Public Health directives that we know work to slow spread.”
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Jot Condie, president & CEO of the California Restaurant Association, an advocacy organization for the restaurant industry
Robert Kim-Farley, M.D., professor of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; he served as the director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health from 2004-2018 and is a former senior official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the WHO