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Good morning, L.A.

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in L.A., officials have clarified what the latest round of restrictions will mean for restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries.

Starting Friday, those businesses can open at 6 a.m. and must close by 10 p.m., and they will only be able to serve outdoors, where capacity must be limited to 50%.

The situation is similar to that facing some Southern California schools, which must rethink their reopening plans after many counties were bumped to a lower tier of permissible activities this week.

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For smaller restaurants, mom-and-pop joints or newcomers, the pandemic has already been a brutal blow to business — now, it seems there’s no end in sight.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, November 19

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Temporary unemployment benefits provided through the CARES Act could end in late December for 750,000 Californians. David Wagner looks at the impact.

Check out a drive-through holiday experience, burn off quarantine calories at the Great Los Angeles Walk, watch Hollywood's home movies, and more. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s best online and IRL events.

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Money Matters: A surprisingly fast economic rebound benefitting higher-income residents could create billions in one-time revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges in the fiscal year starting July 1, 2021.

The Dreamers: Immigrants in the embattled DACA program got good news when a federal judge recently ruled in their favor, but uncertainty still abounds.

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Bad Behavior: A number of California legislators flew to Hawaii for a conference with lobbyists, ignoring the state’s spiking COVID-19 numbers and Governor Newsom’s travel advisory.

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Young immigrants such as DACA recipient Kathia Garcia, and others wishing to apply, faced new restrictions this summer.

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