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Outdoor Dining To End Wednesday As COVID Cases Rise

An empty table at The Den Cafe in Santa Ana on Nov. 17, 2020.
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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.

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“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.

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