Update on New Health Officer Order Regarding Bar Closure
The temporary closure of indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities.
The lowest risk dining options are still drive-through, delivery, take-out and curb-side pick up. Being in enclosed spaces for long periods of time poses an increased risk for patrons. Outdoor dining offers increased ventilation; and can be achieved safely with limited capacity and tables spaced at least 6 feet apart. Strict adherence to public health guidelines must also be followed. Restaurant food servers must wear masks and face shields.
As a reminder, the modified HOO requires businesses with 3 (or more) known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days to report the outbreak to the Department of Public Health (DPH).
Bars have also been ordered to remain closed in all 19 counties on the State's watch list, including LA County. Restaurants serving a full menu (bona fide meals) may remain open for outdoor service and continue serving alcoholic beverages. A bona fide meal is a usual assortment of foods commonly ordered at various hours of the day, that would be considered a legitimate meal; the service of prepackaged food like sandwiches or salads, or simply heating frozen or prepared meals, shall not be deemed compliant with a bona fide meal requirement.Therefore, bars serving snacks or prepackaged food are not permitted to operate under the current Health Officer Order.
State enforcement strike teams will be deployed throughout California, beginning today, targeting non-compliant workplaces in partnership with local public health departments and businesses. To report a non-compliant business in LA County, call (888) 700-9995 Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
The County Health Officer Order was amended to require that all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in L.A. County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is guided by science and data and the key metrics monitored are showing concerning trends.