L.A. Still Functioning – Barely – During COVID-19 Crisis
Even while announcing the closure of all restaurants and bars in the city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared that L.A., is “not shutting down” in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our city is not shutting down,” he declared during a video press conference. “We’re not planning to do so and we never will.” He then encouraged residents to order takeouts from restaurants to help keep those establishments open during the unprecedented time.
“I encourage all Angelenos to help support these critical small businesses — the restaurants we love in our neighborhoods — by continuing to order from them or getting takeout or delivery.”
Still, restaurants and bars throughout the city, even those not within the actual city limits of Los Angeles such as the party center of the South Bay Beach Cities, Hermosa Beach prepared to go dark. Even small events, such as birthday party gatherings, have been canceled.
“Hey everyone it looks like everything will be shut down,” Tony Perez posted on a Facebook invitation for a birthday party he was planning at Sharkeez in Hermosa Beach. “Maybe we can do a later party after this goes away and we will celebrate everyone’s BDAY that was missed…. stay safe.”
“It’s a gut punch”chef and owner of Lukshon and Father’s Office Sang Yoon told the Los Angeles Times after Garcetti’s announcement. He then added:
“When this is over, the L.A. restaurant landscape might look dramatically different, so that’s a huge fear. The lasting implications after this may not be temporary. Some of these closures might be permanent for a lot of places.”
Garcetti made is statements after California Gov. Gavin Newsom asked all bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries in California to go dark.
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