California Restaurant Association seeks court order to halt LA County dine-in ban

California Restaurant Association seeks court order to halt LA County dine-in ban

The California Restaurant Association (CRA) is seeking a court order to halt Los Angeles County’s three-week dine-in ban, Se “proper justificationfor the measure is not provided.

Martedì, the association filed a request in Los Angeles Superior Court, demanding that the county of Los Angeles Department of Health providesupporting medical and/or scientific studies and evidence that the operation of outdoor dining establishments poses an unreasonable riskto the public.

Until evidence is provided, the association is requesting that the county refrainsfrom issuing any order or guidance that such outdoor dining should be prohibited,” according to filings obtained by Fox News.

LA COUNTY’S ‘ALARMINGCOVID-19 SURGE LEADS TO A HALT IN DINE-IN SERVICES

The move comes roughly 24 hours before dine-in service for restaurants, bars and wineriesboth indoors and outdoorsis slated to be suspended for at least three weeks to try and stem the “alarming” rate of casi di coronavirus in the nation’s most populous county.

Di domenica, officials announced that the newest restrictions, wherein establishments will be limited to take-out, drive-thru and delivery services only, would take effect at 10 p.m. il nov. 25.

tuttavia, California Restaurant Association CEO Jot Condie argues the orderwith no stated scientific basis from L.A. contea, singles out a specific industry and could jeopardize thousands of jobs.

Customers dine in the Hollywood Riviera area of Redondo Beach on Nov. 15, 2020. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Customers dine in the Hollywood Riviera area of Redondo Beach on Nov. 15, 2020. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

With the latest measure, Condie noted that there arethousands of restaurants and many thousands more employees who could be out on the street right before the holiday season.”

Prior to the announcement, LA County officials had warned that these restrictions could come if the five-day average of new cases in the county totaled above 4,000 or hospitalizations were more than 1,750 per day.

Di domenica, county officials reported nine new deaths and 2,718 new cases of COVID-19. Sunday’s five-day average was 4,097 cases and there were 1,401 hospitalizations.

Authorities said the focus is to helpreduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings.

CORONAVIRUS SURGE IN CALIFORNIA BLAMED ON INDOOR GATHERINGS, TRAVEL

tuttavia, the move drew widespread criticism, with some officials calling it anunfair burdenon establishments that are already weathering an economic downturn.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who serves residents of LA County’s 5th Supervisorial District, opposed the measure, saying it wouldfurther devastate local businesses and employees who have been asked to shoulder an unfair burden this year.”

Barger said that these businesses, which have already invested thousands of dollars to ensure safety for employees and customers, are now beingpunished for the recent surge they have done everything in their power to prevent.

Santos Uy, the owner of two area establishments Papilles Bistro and Mignon, told Fox News that it’sa very hard blow especially to those restaurateurs who have invested so much in outdoor dining.

tuttavia, concern regarding rising infections has grown across the state, with Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a monthlong curfew for purple tier contee, which are experiencing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

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