Manhattan Beach To Close Outdoor Public SeatingJan 02, 2021 07:20PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The outdoor dining deck at Slay Italian Kitchen
At the beginning of the current surge on November 1, Manhattan Beach
had 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of January 2, that number had almost
doubled to 821 cases.
On December 31, the daily number of new cases reached 21, and yesterday 26, marking a new all-time record high since the beginning of the pandemic. Remaining ICU capacity in Southern California is currently at zero percent.
“We must continue to respond to the ever-changing dynamics of this pandemic. We are asking residents to stay home if possible, and mainly go out for work and essentials, or to exercise outdoors,” said Manhattan Beach Mayor Suzanne Hadley in a statement. “This recent spike in the virus is significant, despite the good news last month of our Manhattan Beach firefighters receiving some of the first COVID-19 vaccinations. Although public seating areas will be closed temporarily, please continue supporting our local businesses that offer pick-up, curbside, take-out, and delivery services.”
With a new mutant strain of COVID now present in California, which is reportedly more easily spread than the original virus, the city is urging residents to strive to reduce virus transmission by wearing face coverings, maintaining a safe distance, staying home as much as possible, and supporting local businesses that are offering pick-up, curbside, take-out, and delivery services.