As COVID-19 case numbers spike and public health officials brace for unfortunate spate of irresponsible behavior during the holiday season, L.A. County announced new, tighter health restrictions that’ll go into effect on Friday.
Despite talk of a “curfew,” the only tightened restriction that could qualify as such just mandates that restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and non-essential retail establishments close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Other guidelines include limiting capacity at indoor retail businesses and outdoor recreation spaces, mandating masks during personal care services, and limiting the size of outdoor gatherings.
Here’s the full list of safeguards from the county’s website:
For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, personal care services—occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% max outdoor capacity.
The number customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.
According to today’s COVID-19 stats, the L.A. County Department of Public health confirmed 25 new deaths and 2,301 new cases of the virus. To date, there have been 344,523 positive cases and 7,299 deaths in L.A. County.
“Los Angeles County is at a critical moment to save lives and curb the spread of COVID-19. I urge our residents, businesses and community leaders to heed this warning and follow these heightened safeguards so that additional restrictions do not need to be imposed,” public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “We are so grateful that many of our residents are wearing face coverings, keeping physically distanced and avoiding gathering with people they don’t live with, but we need everyone to do their part and follow these measures. Lives and livelihoods are at stake and our entire community will be affected by our collective action if we do the right thing.”
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