California restaurants can restart outside table service


Soon, California restaurants will be able to serve customers sitting outside, thanks to the end of stay-at-home orders the state issued in early December.

Although many jurisdictions across the country have restricted indoor dining, California has also taken the most extreme step of banning outdoor dining, in a bid to stem the tide of growing COVID cases. -19 which threatened to overwhelm hospitals.

But now that the availability of intensive care beds has exceeded 15% of total capacity in every region of the state, those restrictions have been lifted, clearing the way for local authorities to allow alfresco dining.

Los Angeles had banned alfresco dining ahead of the rest of the state the day before Thanksgiving, but county officials said Monday they would “essentially align” with state guidelines.

Restaurants in New York City did not benefit from such a reprieve. Although alfresco dining is still permitted there, sub-freezing temperatures limit its appeal and indoor dining has been banned since December 11. On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said some statewide restrictions would be lifted as reported cases of COVID-19 decline, although he did not provide any details he explicitly said the ban on eating inside New York City would remain in place.

To learn more about California restrictions, read Resumption of alfresco dining in Californian restaurants.

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