Every Angeleno has their eyes set on June 15th, the date in which nearly all COVID-19 restrictions in the state are set to be lifted, allowing for such things as full capacity at restaurants, bars, and other entertainment venues.
Today, however, Gov. Newsom announced at a press conference and via Twitter the official extension of two popular policies born from the pandemic itself: to-go cocktails and outdoor dining expansion, the latter of which allowed for restaurants to build-out and sell alcohol on sidewalks, parking lots, and alleyways without the usual red tape. Both policies were introduced last spring after state-wide shutdowns, and according to the AP, the state has since issued over 10,000 such licenses
Right now, the two policies are set to carry through the end of 2021, but there are bills making their way through the State Assembly right now that could turn both into permanent state law after that. Either way, it’s great news for LA restaurants and bars, and anyone who’s ready to take full advantage of summer 2021.