With the Super Bowl approaching, L.A. County tells re-opened restaurants to turn off TVs

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Jan 30th, 2021 3:30 pm

Last Updated Feb 1st, 2021 at 1:11 am

Los Angeles County public health officials announced restaurants and breweries are allowed to reopen, but "televisions or other screens that broadcast programming must remain off until further notice."

"The concern is the crowding that happens when you draw people to a restaurant for an event," said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Pasadena's medical officer.

The new guidelines come ahead of Super Bowl LV, the National Football League's Championship game scheduled for February 7th.

"We know that Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and we can't repeat the mistakes of the past," said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. "It will be tragic if the Super Bowl becomes a super-spreader of coronavirus."

The new restrictions include:

  • Outdoor seating must be reduced by 50%
  • Tables must be at least 8 feet apart
  • Servers must wear masks and face shields
  • Only 6 people may sit at the same table
  • Visible signage and verbal announcements that all people sharing a table must be from the same household


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