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January 25, 2021
Restaurants Can Open For Outdoor Dining On Friday
Here’s what that means.
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In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Governor Newsom lifted California’s remaining stay-at-home-orders, including those for Southern California. Here’s what that means:

Context:

On November 30th, 2020, LA County health officials announced additional COVID-19 restrictions that included the closure of all outdoor dining. A week later, on December 6th, Gov. Newsom threw his hat into the ring with another round of stay-at-home orders that went into effect for the majority of the state, including LA County. Restaurants have been open only for takeout and delivery since then.

Today’s Announcement

Stay-at-home-orders for all five of California’s regions (SoCal, NorCal, the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, and the San Joaquin Valley) have been lifted and the state will now be moving back to its original Blueprint For A Safer Economy color-coded tier system. That means each county will be placed into one of four categories, based on new cases per capita and test positivity rates. The tiers include: Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate), and Yellow (Minimal). As it stands right now, LA County falls into purple, the highest-risk tier.

Does this mean I can eat outside at a restaurant now?:

Yes. Shortly after Newsom’s press conference, LA county health officials confirmed that outdoor dining at LA restaurants will be allowed to resume this Friday, January 29th, among other things such as the reopening of nail and hair salons. That said, this is not a return to normalcy. All COVID-19 protocols such as masks and social distancing remain in effect.

But I’m not comfortable eating out just yet:

That’s certainly understandable. The good news is you can still support your local restaurants by ordering takeout and delivery when you can. Whether you’re craving pizza or sushi, or trying to plan an at-home date night, we have all your takeout and delivery needs handled.

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