L.A. County Suspends Outdoor Dining at Restaurants Amid Near-Statewide Curfew

Ellise Shafer
·3-min read

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across California, Los Angeles county has suspended outdoor dining at restaurants, to take effect at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

The order also includes breweries, wineries and bars. Takeout and delivery from these establishments will still be allowed. The restrictions will remain in place for at least three weeks.

This follows Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement Thursday that he has instated a “limited stay-at-home order” that took effect on Saturday.

The curfew affects all counties in the purple tier, which currently includes 41 out of the state’s 58 counties. Though it is not a full lockdown, the order is aimed to pause all non-essential work and gatherings from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. In addition, movement and gatherings during the hours have been prohibited.

The order will remain in effect until Dec. 21 in an attempt to halt rising COVID-19 cases across the state. On Nov. 16, California broke its record for the highest COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with 13,412 cases. In addition, over the last two weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased more than 60%.

In a tweet on Thursday, Newsom outlined the basics of the order, writing that “Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier. This will take effect at 10 p.m. on Saturday and remain for 1 month. Together — we can flatten the curve again.”

During a press briefing on Thursday, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly helped to define what is and is not prohibited during the curfew period. According to Ghaly, activities such as a late-night grocery run or picking up takeout from a restaurant are allowed, as those businesses are still deemed essential.

Although all gatherings should be avoided during the curfew hours, residents can still partake in outdoor physical activities, such as walking a pet or going for a run.

Though Ghaly admitted it will be hard to police everyone’s whereabouts, he said he is hoping that this curfew can be a “partnership” between state officials and citizens.

“We know that’s hard to imagine how to enforce. Some of you may say, ‘Well, how am I ever going to be known if I’m doing that at home?'” Ghaly said during Thursday’s press briefing. “We’ve depended on a partnership with all of you and this is about coming together.”

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