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People enjoy outdoor drinks and dining temporarily set up on Main Street in Huntington Beach on July 16, 2020. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
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After issuing a stern warning last week about the rising spread of coronavirus, L.A. County officials have made good on their plan to increase restrictions if COVID-19 cases kept rising.

On Sunday, the average number of cases over the previous five days was above 4,000. In response, outdoor dining will no longer be permitted as of Wednesday night. The move came after officials instituted a limited stay-at-home mandate, requiring that residents not leave the house (with a few exceptions) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The new restrictions on outdoor dining will be in effect for at least three weeks. They apply to restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries.

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“We hope individuals continue to support restaurants, breweries and wineries by ordering for take-out or delivery,” said Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s Director of Public Health. “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.”

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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The Past 48 Hours In LA

Restaurants Struggle To Stay Open: Orange County restaurants offering outdoor seating (they are still permitted to do so, as of Sunday evening) can apply for a new grant program that aims to help owners keep their operations open during the winter. In L.A. County, prior to Sunday’s announcement that outdoor dining would be prohibited, restaurants were already bracing themselves for the fallout of a 10 p.m. closing order.

Street Vendors Speak Out: We spoke to local street vendors about how the curfew might affect their business, which relies heavily on late-night foot traffic.

A Thousand Words: A mural in the Venice boutique Nati, featuring top female Democrats on a fictional shopping trip, has gone viral – and not in a good way.

Photo of the Day

People walk outdoors during the "Glow" light exhibition at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula, a few hours before the start of the statewide curfew.

(Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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