LA County announces it will align with the state by the end of the week, allow outdoor dining to reopen

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LA County announces it will "align" with the state by the end of the week and allow outdoor dining to reopen.

LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis said Monday LA County "will essentially align with the state by the end of the week" and allow activities permitted in purple (strictest) tier, that includes outdoor dining.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced the regional stay-at-home orders were lifted for regions including the Southern California region, Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley.

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LA County announces what will be reopened starting today Photo credit LA County press conference screenshot

If counties are in the purple, or widespread tier, that means outdoor dining at restaurants can reopen and indoor nail and hair salons can reopen with modifications including limited capacity and 100 percent masking, according to Newsom on Monday.

LA County had revised its own Safer at Home health officer order in December. The SoCal region ICU capacity is at 0 percent.

Newsom on Monday said for Southern California the projected ICU capacity on February 21 is 33.3 percent.

When it comes to LA County reopening outdoor dining, Supervisor Janice Hahn had this statement:

"Now that Governor Newsom has lifted the statewide stay-at-home order, the question is what is L.A. County going to do? We should align ourselves with the state as much as possible which means, among other things, reopening outdoor dining with commonsense health protocols in place as soon as possible.  The restaurant industry was devastated by this lengthy shutdown and I know this would be welcome news to them."

Pasadena announced it will allow outdoor dining again at restaurants later on Monday. The city has its own health department that’s separate from LA County. Meanwhile, in Orange County, some businesses could be up and running as soon as they can unlock their doors.

The counties will revert back to the tier, color-coded system. The majority of the counties are in the strictest, or purple tier, according to the California Department of Health.

Orders for those regions were lifted when a region’s 4-week projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent.

"Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives," said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer, in a press release. "Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it's important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner."

On Monday Newsom said the state has assisted with resources, equipment and help with oxygen supply.

He says California has tripled and sustained our pace of administering the COVID-19 vaccine. He says the state will continue to vaccinate 65 and older, healthcare workers, food and agriculture workers, teachers and school staff.

Newsom also announced a pilot phase of “My Turn” in LA and San Diego counties which allows you to see when it is your turn to be vaccinated.