Televisions Banned at Restaurants as Outdoor Dining Returns To SoCal
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California continues to alter restrictions relating to the spread of COVID-19. As outdoor dining returns to Los Angeles County, restaurants are adhering to new regulations in addition to removing and turning off any televisions.
“Televisions or any other screens that are used to broadcast programming must be removed from the area or turned off. This provision is effective until further notice,” the order says.
Tables must also be 8 feet apart and must only seat 6 people, if they are all from the same household. Restaurant staff who come in contact with those dining must wear a face mask and a face shield at all times.
SUPER BOWLS CONCERNS
L.A. County Health Officials have expressed concern regarding the upcoming NFL Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The decision to ban televisions was aimed to prevent sports fans from gathering in groups.
“We know that Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and we can’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” L.A. County Health Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “It will be tragic if the Super Bowl becomes a super-spreader of coronavirus.”
NOT OUT OF THE WOODS
Breweries and wineries are also able to open with similar restrictions. But health officials continue to emphasize high COVID-19 case numbers.
“Let’s not forget that before the surge overtook LA County, who were reporting 1,200 cases a day. Today, we’re still seeing between 6000 and 7000 people test positive for COVID-19 every day,” L.A. County Health Officer Muntu Davis said during a press conference. “This is still a very high number of positive cases.”
L.A. County still remains in tier one, the most restrictive tier of Governor Newsom’s categorization plan. 7,112 new cases were reported on Friday and the county’s testing positivity rate continues to decline at 12%.