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LA bans in-person eating for three weeks amid an increase in COVID cases


Los Angeles County banned in-person dining for three weeks on Sunday as the number of coronavirus cases increased less than 24 hours after a 10 p.m. curfew was imposed.

The order will take effect on Wednesday at 10 p.m., officials said. Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars can only offer takeout, drive-through, and delivery services.

Officials said: “To reduce the possibility of overcrowding and the risk of exposure in environments where people do not wear face covers, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars can only offer take-out, drive-through and delivery services.

“Wineries and breweries can continue their retail operations in accordance with applicable protocols. Personal eating is not permitted for at least the next 3 weeks. & # 39;

The new restrictions in Los Angeles County – the most populous in the country – came as the California Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 15,000 coronavirus cases nationwide on Saturday – by far the highest level since the pandemic began in March. Another 14,000 cases were registered on Sunday.

Authorities said Saturday that coronavirus cases threaten to flood California's healthcare systems. Los Angeles County, the largest county in the state, had already warned that an even more drastic lockdown could be imminent.

Guests will be served in the West Hollywood area of ​​Los Angeles by a mask, face shield and rubber glove waiter outside on Wednesday, November 18. Los Angeles County put new restrictions on companies on Sunday

On a usually busy Saturday night in an area known for its LGBTQ nightlife, bars and restaurants are abandoned on the first night of a state that has been ordered to curfew at 10 p.m. to curb gatherings believed to be the recent record swings in COVID-19 cases on November 21, 2020 in West Hollywood, California

On a usually busy Saturday night in an area known for its LGBTQ nightlife, bars and restaurants are abandoned on the first night of a state that has been ordered to curfew at 10 p.m. to curb gatherings believed to be the recent record swings in COVID-19 cases on November 21, 2020 in West Hollywood, California

The county makes up a quarter of the state's 40 million residents, but has about a third of the coronavirus cases and nearly 40% of the deaths.

Officials had warned that if the five-day average of new cases in the county was above 4,000 or hospital admissions were above 1,750 per day, these restrictions could occur. The five-day average on Sunday was 4,097 cases and there were 1,401 hospitalizations.

The county's public health director Barbara Ferrer said Friday that the county had 4,272 new cases in a single day and 13,247 new cases in the past three days. The rate of positive COVID-19 tests has risen to 7.3% and nearly 1,300 people have been hospitalized.

Restrictions announced across California on Saturday have forced people to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless responding to an emergency, shopping for groceries, picking up takeaways, or walking their dogs.

As Covid-19 cases hit record levels in the United States and California, hundreds gather at the pier and the Pacific Coast Highway to protest a state-mandated 10 p.m. curfew on Saturday

As Covid-19 cases hit record levels in the United States and California, hundreds gather at the pier and the Pacific Coast Highway to protest a state-mandated 10 p.m. curfew on Saturday

According to authorities, the focus is on discouraging people from social mingling and drinking – activities that are blamed for COVID-19 infections skyrocketing after being immersed just months ago.

More than 1 million infections have been recorded in California. Almost 15,500 new cases were reported on Friday.

Officials hope to avoid full lockdown orders, as they were already issued when the COVID-19 pandemic gained momentum in March.

Public health officials have since responded to fluctuations in infection rates by relaxing and then strengthening various stay-at-home contracts to balance safety and economy.

However, the result has been confusion and what some health officials refer to as "COVID fatigue," where people simply get tired of the rules and give up their vigilance.

The average daily number of coronavirus cases in California has tripled in the past month, the Los Angeles Times found in an analysis, while COVID-19 hospital stays doubled over the same period.

The new restrictions in Los Angeles County - the most populous in the country - came as the California Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 15,000 coronavirus cases nationwide on Saturday - by far the highest level since the pandemic began in March. Another 14,000 cases were registered on Sunday

The new restrictions in Los Angeles County – the most populous in the country – came as the California Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 15,000 coronavirus cases nationwide on Saturday – by far the highest level since the pandemic began in March. Another 14,000 cases were registered on Sunday

The order will take effect on Wednesday at 10 p.m., officials said. Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars can only offer takeout, drive-through, and delivery services

The order will take effect on Wednesday at 10 p.m., officials said. Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars can only offer takeout, drive-through, and delivery services

The state's curfew applies to 41 of the state's 58 districts that are on the purple level. This is the most restrictive of the four stages that allow various stages of economic reopening. These counties comprise 94% of the nearly 40 million people who live in the most populous US state.

Sabrina Urias, executive director of Old Wagon Saloon & Grill in downtown San Jose, told The San Francisco Chronicle that the curfew will likely affect the busiest hours of late evening business.

“We are here every day. We see people breaking these rules and we try our best to enforce them. We see people who don't wear a mask, ”she said.

“So if you don't deal with the public, you won't understand. It's frustrating for us – our hours have been cut. But if everyone just followed the rules that were given to us and our families, customers and everything, I really believe there will be a better outcome. & # 39;

A group gathered in Huntington Beach at 10:01 pm. Saturday evening despite curfew, waving American flags and without a mask. More than 100 people gathered in downtown Fresno on Saturday to call on Governor Gavin Newsom to "open California safely".

San Francisco's coronavirus numbers could put it in the purple row as early as Sunday.

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