Pasadena restaurants can no longer offer alfresco dining as part of Newsom’s new stay-at-home order

Southern California will have sweeping new health restrictions starting Sunday night due to the rapid rise in hospitalizations from coronavirus, state officials said today, as Los Angeles County recorded a record number of new COVID-19 cases for the fourth time in the past five days.

A state-mandated regional stay-at-home order takes effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m., triggered when the availability of intensive care unit beds fell below 15% after Saturday’s daily update, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Pasadena, which had continued to allow alfresco dining, will have 20% limits on all retail establishments. Under the state order, restaurants will be required to revert to take-out and delivery services only.

All gatherings of more than one household are prohibited, area operations will be closed except critical infrastructure and retail, and face coverings and physical distancing will be required in all other operations.

ADVISED: LA County will be subject to Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order on Sunday evening

Schools which have obtained exemptions will be allowed to continue operating, as will daycares. City officials are awaiting more specific guidance from the state regarding additional restrictions.

“It is devastating to see the rapid increase in hospitalizations related to COVID-19, and our public health department is in constant contact with Huntington Hospital and other health facilities to monitor the situation. The governor’s order replaces city authority and is based on the need for regional and statewide control to tackle this pandemic, ”said City Manager Steve Mermell.

“We are sorry for the impact of the state health decree on our retail businesses, our personal care providers, on our restaurants that can no longer eat al fresco, and on all of us. But being given the gravity of the situation, an approach of this magnitude seems necessary, ”said Mermell.

“We must do our part to avoid the devastating projected scenario. We must refrain from reuniting with people outside our home whenever possible. We must work together to protect our family, friends, neighbors and businesses. “said Dr Ying-Ying. Goh, Pasadena’s public health official, said.

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