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Pasadena Issues Its Own Limited Stay-At-Home Order Amid Rise In COVID-19 Cases

Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church and other local faith groups organized Sunday night's vigil. (Aaron Schrank)
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The city of Pasadena has issued a limited, temporary stay-at-home order, mostly in line with L.A. County's.

The new order, published to the city website, takes effect at midnight tonight and extends through Dec. 20:

"Pasadena is not the place to come for social gatherings, whether at a home of a friend or relative, a fraternity picnic, or a group meal at an outdoor dining establishment — no gatherings are allowed."

Pasadena, like Long Beach, has its own health department distinct from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

In addition to forbidding all public and private gatherings of people from more than one household, the order includes the following restrictions:

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  • All businesses must require patrons to wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distancing
  • For businesses already permitted to operate indoors: nonessential retail and personal care services are limited to 25% occupancy, while essential retail businesses have no specific occupancy target, but must reduce indoor capacity enough so customers can maintain distancing
  • For businesses already permitted to operate outdoors: fitness centers "should take active steps to reduce occupancy," and swimming pools may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane

The restriction on gatherings does not apply to outdoor religious services or protests "that are conducted in accordance with public health protocols." (Protests are protected by the First Amendment.) And some businesses can continue to operate, including:

  • drive-in movies, events and car parades
  • schools, childcare facilities and day camps

In addition to restaurant take out, drive-thru and delivery, outdoor dining is still allowed in Pasadena, but people from different households cannot sit within six feet of each other.
"Compliance by restaurants and customers is required if outdoor dining is to remain viable," the city warned in its statement.


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