Los Angeles County has announced that a curfew will be implemented for all restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars and nonessential businesses from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting Friday.
A 25% maximum capacity restriction will also be imposed for non-essential indoor businesses—including retail stores, offices, personal care services. Restaurants, breweries and wineries operating outdoors will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
“These safeguards and restrictions protect the public health and safety of our residents, and their ability to be served in our hospitals,” the county said in a press release.
Mayor Eric Garcetti Garcetti said Monday that the curfews would not affect citizens who were outdoors and would be a business-focused cufrew. Garcetti added that he would support whatever the L.A. County Board of Supervisors implemented.
“I do think that things that are opened late… that are opened past 10 o’clock, where there’s alcohol involved, etc., those are places we know spread occurs,” Garcetti said. “This is not a time where we should be getting together and hanging out at bars with each other at late hours…”
The county has seen different types of curfews throughout 2020, with all L.A. County citizens being asked to stay home after certain hours during the George Floyd protests in May. On Election Day, downtown L.A. businesses were asked to close as LAPD was on tactical alert, in anticipation of unrest due to election results. Very few incidents occurred.
On Tuesday, L.A. Public Health Reported 25 new deaths and 2,301 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Public Health also announced that the case rate for aadultsin the age range of 18 to 29 have more than doubled in the last month, from 11.5 cases, to 25 cases per 100,000 people.