COVID-19 Spike May Send Los Angeles County Into Lockdown

LA In-Restaurant Dining Will Be Restricted For 3 Weeks As COVID-19 Cases Surge

The nation's largest county was on the brink of a stay-home order just days before Thanksgiving after a spike of coronavirus cases Monday surpassed a threshold set by Los Angeles public health officials to trigger one. The county's seven-day average daily positivity rate among those tested for the virus was 3.9% on November 1, but it rose to 5.1% by November 8 and stood at of Saturday. We've enjoyed some events over the last many weeks - in my home county of Los Angeles, the Dodgers, the Lakers.

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the USA just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day - the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City, the Associated Press reported this past Friday.

That being said, Ferrer continued to express her concern that eating at restaurants poses a significant amount of risk of increasing the spread of COVID-19 due to the fact that people typically aren't wearing masks or with those in their households.

Newsom has issued a 10 5 a.m. curfew for nearly all state residents and urged residents to avoid nonessential travel - during what is typically the busiest travel days of the year.

Despite the advisory, millions of Californians are expected to travel on Thanksgiving, though mainly by vehicle.

Los Angeles County, which is home to over 10 million people, is banning outdoor dining for at least three weeks as a way to protect people from spreading COVID-19. In a statement, the association accused health officials of attacking an "easy target" to blame for the surge in cases, without any evidence. On Monday in LA County alone there were more than 6,100 new cases of the virus. Some business owners say they are still paying off renovations implemented to expand outdoor dining.

"The same people desperate to go to bars are going to party in their houses", said Brittney Valles, owner of Guerrilla Tacos in downtown Los Angeles. As we've asked so many times over the past months, we hope you'll be able to dig deep and find a way to make the changes required with the new safety modifications.

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She's already opened a companion coffee shop that offers breakfast burritos.

Greg Morena, who had to close one restaurant earlier in the year and has two in operations at the Santa Monica Pier, said he was trying to figure out his next step but was mainly dreading having to notify employees. They wanted to restore indoor operations to 25% capacity for restaurants and 10% for gyms, the levels that were set prior to the recent surge in cases. To support our nonprofit public service journalism:Donate now. Some Pasadena City Council members indicated a desire Monday night to keep restaurants open for in-person dining, but City Manager Steve Mermell told the Pasadena Star-News that health officials were still weighing their options. In-person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next three weeks.

"We need to balance our growing numbers and the economic hardship of restaurant personnel", said a statement released by spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

County health officials report there are 1,473 people with COVID-19 now hospitalized and 27% of these people are in the ICU.

The temporary ban on outdoor dining comes on the heels of a statewide surge of new daily coronavirus cases, which have now exceeded the previous threshold that allowed restaurants, breweries, and wineries to partially operate outdoors since May.

Ferrer, however, said that outbreaks during the first two weeks of the month doubled at food sites - including restaurants, processing plants, bottlers, grocery stores and related businesses.

On Sunday, the county reached a 4,000 five-day daily average of cases, which was the previously announced threshold to cut off in-person dining at restaurants, wineries and breweries.

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