Los Angeles is shutting down restaurant meals and plans to adopt a new home-staying order as Covid-19 infections, a lack of hospital beds, and an expected increase in holiday-related cases are expected in California.
LA officials announced Sunday that the county will ban eating in restaurants for at least three weeks starting Wednesday, and urged residents not to travel or gather during Thanksgiving this week. With record 6,124 new cases were reported in LA on Monday and an alarming increase is expected last week, the county is expected to start another lockofficials said on Monday.
The new restrictions, which are being discussed on Tuesday, will hit the largest county in the United States as the state has by far the highest level of Covid since the start of the pandemic.
California reported more than 15,000 new cases of Covid nationwide on Saturday and an additional 14,000 new cases on Sunday. LA County has had a Covid hotspot in the state for months and is now showing record speed, the five-day average more than 4,500 people report new infections every day – a number that has doubled in just two weeks, the LA Times reported.
Some hospitals have warned they could run out of beds, staff, and other resources as they flood Covid patients and hospital care in southern California grows sharply. Intensive care unit (ICU) enrollments in the state also increased by 55% over a two-week period. People between the ages of 18 and 49 account for 60% of new cases, and California registered 265,000 tests on Saturday.
The closure of restaurants in LA restaurants, which may continue to be an exception, has caused widespread repercussions and frustration in the industry, which has received little support from the state and the federal government, and has suffered from declining business activity and regulatory change for months.
“There’s a lot of sadness, anxiety and insecurity,” said Brittney Valles, managing partner of Guerrilla Tacos in downtown LA. “If our leaders want us to stay home and hook up, it has to be accompanied by help, rents, stimuli.”
Valles said on Monday that it had to remove 30 workers due to the new rules, and had to reduce its headcount for the third time in the pandemic. Eight employees remain on site. He said he will do everything he can to get people employed so they don’t lose health insurance, even if it means taking out a personal loan.
Restaurants across the state have invested significant resources in developing outdoor dining, which has further heightened the frustration of shutting down. Guerrilla Tacos spent roughly $ 27,000 to create an outdoor space and sold reservations, making a small profit, Valles said.
According to Valles, the Covid case has not been reported at Guerrilla Tacos and precautions appear to be working. He feared that the abolition of outdoor meals could lead people to gather more often in private homes, which could cause further Covid spread.
“He really feels that the hospitality industry has become an easy scapegoat,” he said, adding that he is concerned about his long-term viability. “What am I going to do if I have to close the restaurant? This is my life. That’s all I worked for and sacrificed for. It’s like my child is dying and I can’t help it. “
Other LA restaurant owners said they were worried that this shutdown would force them to close permanently. “It’s an impossible game that doesn’t make sense and no one seems to care about us,” Christy Vega Fowler, owner of Casa Vega restaurant in Mexico, told the LA Times.
Barbara Ferrer, director of public health in Los Angeles, said that “the still high number of cases requires additional safety measures that limit mixing in places where people do not wear a mask,” he added: “We hope that individuals will continue to they support restaurants, breweries and wineries. order for removal or delivery. “
LA warned that it might have to adopt even stricter blocking measures if cases continue to rise. The new rules enforce a curfew in California in much of the state and require people to stay home from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a few exceptions, including grocery stores, basic work, and dog walking. Due to the curfew, restaurants and bars closed at night, and there is growing concern in San Francisco that rising Covid fees could lead to further restrictions.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Sunday that he was quarantined with his family after his three children were exposed to someone with Covid. The family had a negative result on Sunday but remained isolated, he said.
Some conservative parts of the state, including Huntington Beach, south of LA, have protested against Newsom’s restrictions, and some have urged it to “open California” at a rally after curfew rules came into effect Saturday night.
Newsom recently faced a check after photos came out of having dinner with other families at one of California’s most expensive and upscale restaurants, French Laundry.
The agencies contributed to the reports