Pasadena restaurants remain open for alfresco dining on Thanksgiving despite LA County sanitation


PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) – Thanksgiving dinner at restaurants was not on the agenda in Los Angeles County this year due to renewed COVID-19 restrictions, but customers still flocked to Pasadena, where businesses stay open for outdoor dining.

The city of Pasadena has its own health department and is not required to comply with the LA County ban on outdoor dining, which went into effect Wednesday night.

With Pasadena one of the few places still allowing in-person dining, some were willing to travel miles to get a Thanksgiving table.

Some said they were dining out to support business.

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“I think it’s really unfair for restaurateurs, especially with small local restaurateurs. They’re the ones who are most affected by COVID, and I don’t think it’s fair to put all the weight on them.” said Lanzhu Jian.

LA County restaurants outside of Pasadena are limited to offering only take-out, delivery, and drive-thru for at least three weeks.

Meanwhile, Pasadena officials say enforcement efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be stepped up as the city continues to eat al fresco despite the LA County health order.

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