LA County to Shut Down All Indoor and Outdoor Dining Before Thanksgiving

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Posted: Nov 23, 2020 10:00 AM
LA County to Shut Down All Indoor and Outdoor Dining Before Thanksgiving

Source: AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced on Sunday restaurants will no longer be able to have indoor or outdoor dining effective November 25 for three weeks due to a rise in cases of COVID-19.

The announcement is the latest blow to restaurant owners as many have invested in outdoor dining infrastructure ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Retail businesses are able to continue operating with protective measures still in place.

In a press release from Saturday, the  LA County Department of Public Health said there have been "34 new deaths and 4,522 new cases of COVID-19. New COVID-19 cases reported remain high and the number of people hospitalized is increasing. Over the last four days, there have been a total of 17,769 new cases reported," adding, "Ninety-three percent of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions."

Reporters based in the Los Angeles area have said business owners are beyond frustrated at the latest lockdown measure.