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LA OKs Alcohol Delivery, Expands Eviction Moratorium

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In a bid to help restaurants and bars survive while their customers are barred from enjoying dine-in service, Mayor Eric Garcetti said today any alcoholic beverages can now be delivered as long as the business also offers food.

"Our restaurants depend so often on those sales that have dried up — quite literally — that this will not only be something nice for the people of L.A., but good for those businesses to keep them alive," Garcetti said, "so that when this crisis is over, your favorite neighborhood watering hole and restaurant will still, we hope, be there."

Garcetti made the announcement at his daily briefing on the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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In addition to green-lighting booze deliveries, Garcetti also said he was closing a loophole that had been left open in the city's previous moratorium on evictions. Any Ellis Act evictions are now specifically prohibited. The Ellis Act ordinarily provides landlords who are planning to go out of business a way to legally evict tenants in rent-controlled units.

These briefings tend to be pretty wide-ranging. Here are a couple other takeaways:

  • Garcetti said the city is expanding its capacity to test its city leaders and frontline staff — so far it's tested 325 first responders, critical health care professionals, staff working with the homeless, and others
  • If you think you meet testing criteria for coronavirus — those with symptoms, those who are 65 years and older, or who have underlying conditions — you can now go to coronavirus.lacity.org
  • Garcetti's launching the "Angeleno Campaign" to raise $10 million as part of his Mayor's Fund to raise money for families in need — you can donate by texting "LA love" to 21000 or go online at mayorsfundla.org/angeleno

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