Public health officials in Los Angeles county announced Sunday that they would be forcing all restaurants to cease in-person dining, both indoor and outdoor, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The order also prevents bars, wineries, and breweries from opening, as well.
"The persistent high number of cases requires additional safety measures that limit mixing in settings where people are not wearing masks," Barbara Ferrer, the county's Public Health Director, said in a statement.
These restrictions come in addition to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent stay-at-home order that enforces a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. In his statement, Newsom reminded residents he had issues similar orders last spring.
"We've done it before and we must do it again," he said.
In her weekend announcement, Ferrer said she hoped citizens would "continue to support restaurants" by making to-go orders.
The restriction will go into effect this Wednesday, a day before Thanksgiving.