Restaurants Also Allowed To Open Indoor In Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego And Ventura Counties
One of the more irritating rules during the COVID-19 restrictions for bars and restaurants – and their customers – was the one requiring a food purchase to get a drink.
It also effectively shut down places that do not serve food in the first places, such as breweries and distilleries. (Although wineries were able to stay open without this provision.)
Well, as of mid-March the food requirement is a think of the past, as Gov. Newsom has lifted that requirement.
As far as restaurant/bars requiring a food order, that is still as foggy as San Francisco in July, for some places require it and others do not. As with just about everything relating to COVID-19 restrictions in California, it’s really a matter of enforcement over regulations.
In additional good news, LA County has been given the go-ahead to reopen restaurants, gyms and other businesses indoor starting next week. On Sunday, Orange County will be able to do the same with other Southern California counties – San Diego, Riverside and Ventura – following on Tuesday.
The reason: California on Friday met its goal of giving 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to residents in its hardest-hit areas.
Restaurants must keep capacity to 25% max capacity or 100 people. Tables have to be spaced 8 feet apart with just one household allowed per table with a limit of 6 people seated together.
Ventilation should be increased and restaurant employees interacting with customers are urged to have additional masking protection, like N95 masks or double masks and a face shield.
For outdoor dining, six people per table from three different households are allowed to sit together.