The L.A. County health order closing dine-in service at restaurants goes into effect Wednesday night, but seems to come up short on why the measure includes outdoor dining. Officials referenced a CDC study, but the dots don’t really connect.
According to Fox News, the Dept. of Public Health’s Dr. Muntu Davis cited a CDC study that targeted 11 different outpatient healthcare facilities in 10 states as the “best information we have.” Patients with COVID-19 were twice as likely to have dined out at a restaurant.
The lockdown order is not sitting well with businesses and individuals.
The county’s board of supervisors met Tuesday, and two—chairwoman Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn—said they oppose the order due to a lack of evidence. Barger and Hahn were outvoted 3-2 in an attempt to delay the shutdown another two weeks.
Barger lamented the “arbitrary” restrictions and that they “come the day before a major holiday when many restaurants have already purchased supplies and food.”
In an interview with Fox Business, she said the Dept. of Public Health citing a CDC study rather than presenting concrete evidence is “irresponsible.” She added that the decision by the board “speaks volumes to the fact that government now is overreaching as it relates to not really gathering public input.”
Hahn questioned why the Department of Public Health wouldn’t just target restaurants not in compliance. To that point, Dr. Barbra Ferrer, the agency’s director, urged critics to be realistic. “There are 31,000 restaurants in L.A. County, and our team, as hard as they’re working, they get to about 300 a week,” she said, adding that around 19% of those eateries were found to be in violation.
The county reported 6,124 new cases of COVID Monday, topping the previous high of 5,031 reported last Thursday.