Whittier Metropolis Council Formally Opposes LA County Eating Ban – CBS Los Angeles
WHITTIER (CBSLA) – Whittier City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution against the controversial food ban imposed by Los Angeles County public health officials.
The Whittier City Council resolution rejects the resolution, which was ratified Tuesday by the LA County Board of Supervisors with a narrow 3-2 vote.
The ban, which went into effect late Wednesday evening and will last at least three weeks, limits all restaurants in LA County to only offer take-out, drive-through, and delivery services. As in the past few months, restaurants are no longer allowed to serve their guests outdoors.
Only the city of Pasadena, which has its own health department, is exempt from the ban.
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“I’ve never experienced the kind of pushback that I hear,” said supervisor Janice Hahn of the ban at the board meeting on Tuesday. “The public doesn’t think this recommendation is right and they don’t think it will work and they really lose confidence in the choices we make.”
The ban on eating outdoors is in addition to a curfew issued by California health officials from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for all 41 purple counties, including all counties in Southern California. It will last at least until December 21st. LA County extended the curfew by one hour to 6 a.m.
Under the ordinance, all gatherings, movements and non-essential work between these hours are now allowed. However, residents are allowed to do things like go to the grocery store or drugstore, take their pets for a walk, or pick them up to take away.
Whittier’s resolution also calls on the city to “provide additional support to local restaurants and businesses negatively impacted by the new public health measures and to seek additional funding from the county for business facilities,” the city wrote in a press release .
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Whittier, like several other towns in the region, has closed one of its popular shopping districts, Greenleaf Avenue, to vehicle traffic to give restaurants and shops more space for outdoor dining and shopping.
LA County may also soon have a stricter ordinance on safer homes. LA County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said this week that the order would not include public or private gatherings of people who are not in the same household. substantial retail up to 20% capacity.