Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Food

Outdoor Dining To End Wednesday As COVID Cases Rise

5fb5af7bbef47b00088991d8-eight.jpg
Before you read this story...
Dear reader, we're asking for your help to keep local reporting available for all. Your financial support keeps stories like this one free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Last week, L.A. County public health officials warned that more restrictions would come if the number of new coronavirus cases reached a certain threshold. That threshold has been reached, and beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25, outdoor dining at restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will no longer be allowed.

The decision comes on the heels of a modified safer-at-home order that took effect Friday, and requires that residents stay home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

According to a statement from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the new restrictions on outdoor dining will remain in place for at least three weeks. Businesses may offer take-out, drive-through and delivery services only during that time.

The action comes after the county reached a five-day average of more than 4,000 cases; the county reported 2,718 new cases on Sunday, making the five-day average 4,097. Sunday’s numbers include nine deaths.

Support for LAist comes from

“The persistent high number of cases requires additional safety measures that limit mixing in settings where people are not wearing masks,” said Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s Director of Public Health. “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.”

If cases continue to rise and the five-day average reaches 4,500, officials will institute another safe-at-home order, likely similar to the one issued in March at the onset of the pandemic.

Have An Idea For A Food Story?
Send it our way. We can’t reply to every query we receive but we will try to help. We’d love to hear from you.