PASADENA (CBSLA) – The city of Pasadena announced Monday that outdoor meals could continue, even as LA County restaurants prepare to close to meet new local health orders.
“The city of Pasadena will continue to evaluate our COVID numbers, work closely with Huntington Hospital, and provide as much advance notice as possible if the city’s order changes in any way,” said Lisa Derderian, the city’s spokeswoman.
Derderian said city leaders made a relatively unanimous decision to keep restaurants open based on current numbers. He acknowledged the difficulties faced by many entrepreneurs during the pandemic and said it had helped officials make decisions.
“Every employee at the restaurant has a family behind that person,” Derderian said.
After reaching its daily average of five days a day on Sunday, the county issued a health ordinance requiring restaurants to stop in restaurants, wineries and breweries from 10pm on Wednesday.
The city of Pasadena has its own health department that allows it to issue other health orders than the county.
“I’m a little worried, but at the same time I’m happy with Pasadena,” one man told CBS2.
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Although the LA County Board of Supervisors issued the new restrictions even before they were released, Superintendent Kathryn Barger said Monday that she is formally opposed to ending the personal meal.
“The measures proposed by the Department of Public Health will further destroy local businesses and employees who have been asked to bear an unfair burden this year,” Barger said in a statement.
Barger said only 10-15% of positive COVID-19 cases are related to having dinner with people who tested positive. Closing outdoor meals could also have the unintended consequence of encouraging private gatherings, he said.
“Businesses have made incredible sacrifices to comply with security protocols to stay open to pay their bills and feed their families,” Barger said. “The increased number of cases is not due to the reopening of businesses, but to large gatherings where people don’t wear masks. We are not helpless in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and can protect ourselves and our neighbors by maintaining physical distance and wearing face masks. “
Board member Janice Hahn also voiced concerns about the ban on personal meals.
“While I know our case is growing rapidly, I would rather have openly discussed this measure at the board meeting so that the public understands the underlying rationale,” Hahn tweeted. – Some of these restaurants barely hang. I hope this is not the last nail in their coffin. I wish we could have figured out how to introduce more restrictions instead of stopping the meal altogether. “