Looking to combat a COVID-19 surge, Los Angeles County announced tightened restrictions Tuesday, requiring restaurants, wineries, breweries and non-essential retail businesses to close at 10 p.m., while also limiting their capacity and that of indoor retail shops.
While short of a full-on lockdown, county officials warned that if case numbers and hospitalizations continue increasing, sweeping “Safer At Home” restrictions will return and a countywide 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will be imposed.
For now, restrictions set to take effect Friday are:
— indoor “non-essential” businesses such as retail stores, offices and personal care services will be limited to 25% occupancy;
— outdoor service at restaurants, wineries and breweries will be limited to 50% of the maximum outdoor capacity;
— outdoor cardrooms, miniature golf sites, go-kart tracks and batting cages will be limited to 50% of maximum outdoor capacity;
— customers at personal-care businesses must make advance appointments, and no services that require customers to remove their face masks can be offered;
— restaurants, wineries, breweries and non-essential retail businesses must be closed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; and
— outdoor gatherings must be limited to no more than 15 people from a maximum of three households.
The county previously issued guidance limiting gatherings to three households, but there was no numerical limit on attendees.
The changes come amid a surge in COVID-19 that saw daily case numbers exceed 2,000 most of last week before topping 3,000 on Saturday and Sunday.