On Sunday, Los Angeles County ordered all dining at restaurants, whether outside or inside, to stop for three weeks starting Wednesday, November 25. This order comes as numbers climb in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Earlier, the County had warned that if the number of Covid-19 cases increased by 4,000 or more per day, or if hospitalization numbers surpassed 1,750 per day, dining at restaurants would stop completely. The average number reached 4,097 on Sunday.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health stated, “As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars as the five-day average of new cases increased to more than 4,000 cases. The modified order will take effect Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m.”
All restaurants are now being forced to only offer delivery and takeout on their orders. Restaurants, both big and small, have spent thousands on modifying their outside seating areas. Now, the city has nonchalantly and with no apologies further decimated the hopes of small business owners to continue their operations. Any talks of compensation? Hardly, minimal, none.
As if things could not get any better, the county officials are also looking into the option of making everyone stay home, with the only exception being those working in essential services, like going to Hawaii to attend a political event.