LA County officials announce on Tuesday breweries and wineries can begin outdoor service in one week, in accordance with current California health orders.
LA County is still in the purple, or widespread tier, in the state’s reopening guideline system. Los Angeles County officials concede that the area is not moving out of the most restrictive tier for re-opening today.
“I think it is time that we allow our breweries and wineries to resume outdoor service consistent with the State orders,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn in a press release. “We have made progress slowing the spread of this virus and we did not see the spike in cases after Labor Day that I know many of us had been dreading. The action we are taking today puts us in line with the State’s health orders.”
The State of California has allowed breweries and wineries to reopen for outdoor service if they partner with a third-party permitted food vendor, according to the LA County press release. But LA County hasn’t let wineries and breweries resume service if they don’t have restaurant licenses.
“This is an important step forward for businesses and employees throughout the County,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who co-authored the motion, in a press release. “As our case numbers have decreased, I have championed for breweries and wineries to reopen safely with necessary health protocols and guidance in place. I am pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate to seek solutions that will help support our communities.”
The Board of Supervisors has just passed my motion to allow for breweries and wineries to resume outdoor operations in the @CountyofLA in one week. @LABrewers
— Janice Hahn (@SupJaniceHahn) September 29, 2020