Los Angeles County to Suspend Indoor and Outdoor Dining As COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise
The order will restrict restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars to take-out or delivery for at least three weeks.
Los Angeles suspended all in-person dining at restaurants and bars as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continued to rise in the county, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The order, set to go into effect on Wednesday at 10 p.m., will restrict restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars to take-out or delivery for at least three weeks. The decision came as Los Angeles County recorded a five-day average of 4,097 new cases, above the threshold established to restrict in-person dining.
The county has also seen a nearly 35% increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the past seven days, according to the Department of Public Health.
“The persistent high number of cases requires additional safety measures that limit mixing in settings where people are not wearing masks,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of the Department of Public Health, said in a statement. “We hope individuals continue to support restaurants, breweries and wineries by ordering for take-out or delivery. 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.”
The Department of Public Health warned further restrictions could be implemented, including a “Targeted Safer at Home Order,” if the five-day average of cases rose to 4,500 or more, or hospitalizations rose to more than 2,000 per day.
The move comes just days after California issued a “limited stay-at-home order,” including implementing a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in certain counties, including Los Angeles County. That order is set to remain in place until Dec. 21.
It also comes just over a week since California issued a travel advisory, urging visitors entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days.
In total, California has recorded more than 1.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the state’s health department, including seeing a current 5.5% test positivity rate over the past 14 days.
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