LA’s orange level will allow bars to reopen and restaurants to accommodate more diners


There is more news today about the extensive Orange Level reopening plan in place for Los Angeles County. According to LA County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the most populous county in the country will (mainly) align with California state guidelines starting at 12:01 am on Monday, April 5. That leaves a few extra days for bars, breweries, wineries and restaurants to prepare for the hospitality industry’s biggest reopening since the start of the pandemic, as LA has never progressed beyond the red level of the. State previously.

So what does Monday’s reopening of the Orange Level mean for businesses? Increased catering capacity inside restaurants, some changes such as the ability to display TV outside and changes to the way bars, wineries and distilleries sit and serve food. drinkers. Moving to this less restrictive level, which is part of the state’s ongoing color-coded risk assessment system for businesses, will also allow previously closed bars that do not serve food to reopen for outside service. limited capacity – a big win for many small business owners who haven’t been able to operate since the pandemic shutdowns began in March 2020.

While the re-openings are good news for most small business owners (as well as corporate movie chains, outdoor entertainment venues, card rooms, and theme parks), they come with them. of a new set of necessary coronavirus protocols to follow. Ferrer said at a press conference yesterday that owners should expect to “see some changes we’ve made in terms of safety modifications,” adding that “the general framework for moving forward with the reopening “would align with state guidelines. Pressed by the examples, Ferrer said reopening bars should offer reservations and time limits for on-site drinkers, just as breweries and wineries did when they first opened for more outdoor service. early this year. The LA County Department of Public Health will announce on Friday its formal changes to the current public health order. Some of the expected updates can be seen below.

Orange County, for its part, has already progressed in the orange reopening level. The county wasted no time in reopening more businesses once the green light was given by state officials, which kicked off earlier this morning. More locally, the independent Los Angeles County cities of Pasadena and Long Beach (each with their own public health departments) have indicated they will likely line up with LA County’s largest DPH pending Monday, April 5. to authorize new modifications of the orange level.

Part of the reason for the wait until April 5, Ferrer said yesterday, is to make sure the county’s declining COVID-19 numbers do not increase slightly after the previous move into the red level he barely three weeks ago. “We need this third week to make sure we don’t see an increase in cases,” as other regions have done, said Ferrer, although she noted that many of the more at risk and older people in the area have already received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, which means it’s possible (perhaps even likely) that the number of cases in Los Angeles will remain low.

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