Four Pasadena restaurants closed after ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols – NBC Los Angeles
Four Pasadena restaurants had their health permits suspended Friday night because they allegedly ignored warnings to adhere to the city’s COVID-19 safety protocols.
Restaurants must shut down their kitchens completely, schedule a hearing, and then conduct an inspection before they can reopen to any type of dining, including take-out and delivery, said Lisa Derderian, Pasadena’s chief information officer.
The names of the restaurants were not immediately available, but Derderian said they had “received several clear warnings”.
Further information on how restaurants violated COVID-19 protocols has not been released, but Pasadena is still allowing outdoor patio dining, ignoring the temporary ban on in-person dining in Los Angeles County which came into effect on Wednesday.
“We want the restaurants to keep operating, but it depends on their willingness to follow the rules,” Derderian said in a statement Friday night. “This evening alone, we closed four restaurants that had received prior warnings. Their sanitary permits are suspended, which means they cannot operate their kitchens. “
Pasadena officials are urging the public to wear masks, physically distance themselves and wash their hands often when visiting retail stores, restaurants and outdoor / recreational areas.
Pasadena officials will monitor parks, businesses and other potential gathering areas throughout the weekend to ensure they are complying with health orders.