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LA County Restaurants Can Reopen Their Dining Rooms Immediately — With Restrictions

People eat at the Busy Bee Diner in Ventura, California on May 24, 2020. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles County restaurants have the greenlight to reopen for dine-in service. Hair salons and barbershops can also resume service. The order is effective immediately, which means restaurants can open as soon as tonight.

That's because L.A. County received word from the state today that its request for a "local variance," which allows more businesses to reopen, had been approved.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, who leads the L.A. County Department of Public Health, said at a press conference on Friday afternoon that county officials would not require restaurants to submit to any sort of inspection prior to reopening. She asked that restaurants adhere to the protocols posted on the county's website, but no one will check whether or not restaurants follow the guidelines.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will likely address the status of restaurants, barbershops and hair salons in the City of L.A. at his Friday afternoon briefing.

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