Manhattan Beach To Expand Street Dining Following New COVID-19 RestrictionsNov 21, 2020 08:54AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The outdoor dining deck at The Arthur J
“Now more than ever, it is imperative that the community remains diligent and does their part to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Richard Montgomery. “The future of our business community depends on all of our efforts, and as a city, we are doing everything possible to assist them while ensuring the safety of our community.”
New COVID-19 Restrictions
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has called for additional business-related safeguards and restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Those latest county restrictions and safeguards, effective immediately, include:
- Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Specifically, businesses must stop seating customers at 9:15 p.m to allow closure at 10 p.m.
- For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, and personal care services—occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
- The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries, and wineries will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity, with increased distancing between tables.
- Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by
appointment. Customers and staff must wear face coverings at all times.
- Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
- Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments.
- Only outdoor gatherings are permitted, are limited to 15 people maximum and include no more than three households.
Rising COVID-19 Numbers
COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in Los Angeles County since late August, and hospitalizations have increased from an average of about 800 per day in late August to nearly 1,300 currently.
In Manhattan Beach, the COVID-19 case count has increased by 40 in the past two weeks (November 6 - November 20), for an average of 2.86 cases per day.
By comparison, just a month ago, the COVID-19 case count in Manhattan Beach had only increased by 16 over two weeks (October 6 - October 20), for an average of 1.14 cases per day.
In the event the surge in coronavirus cases continues, the county has indicated that additional restrictions will be instituted. The next set of restrictions and safeguards will be implemented if the five-day average of new cases in the county reaches 4,000 or more, or hospitalizations exceed 1,750 per day. These restrictions would include a ban on outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars. These businesses would only be able to offer pick-up and delivery.
If the five-day average of cases in the county becomes 4,500 or more or hospitalizations exceed 2,000 per day, a Safer at Home Order will be instituted for three weeks. The order would only allow essential workers, and those securing essential services to leave their homes. A 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew would be mandated, with essential workers exempt.
As of November 20, 2020, the city of Manhattan Beach, along with the rest of Los Angeles County, remains in Tier One, with "widespread" risk and the most restrictions.