Pasadena allows outdoor dining, hair and nail salon re-openings at 25% capacity immediately
.Pasadena will allow restaurants to reopen for onsite outdoor dining for the foreseeable future as of Monday, Jan. 25, city officials announced during Pasadena’s City Council meeting. It follows a parallel announcement from Los Angeles County, issued just minutes earlier.
Pasadena’s order comes into effect immediately. Los Angeles County restaurants will be open by the end of the week, officials said.
Los Angeles County will allow indoor dining to resume as early as Friday, and personal care businesses such as salons and barbershops can reopen for indoor operations right away, county health officials announced Monday.
The sudden reversal of health orders comes just hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted statewide stay-at-home orders. After weeks as the epicenter of the nation's outbreak, Los Angeles County residents have grown accustomed to grim images of overburdened hospitals and mobile morgues along with dire warnings to stay home. The reversal of health orders triggered a sense of whiplash for many struggling to reconcile the dire warnings with the lifting of restrictions.
The state allows counties to impose tougher restrictions, and Los Angeles frequently has. Before the state stay-home orders, Los Angeles County instituted stricter local restrictions, including a ban on in-person dining. The county's ban, however, technically expired on Dec. 16, but patio dining remained prohibited under the state's order, which is now lifted.Since then, the coronavirus death rate has spiked to its highest point of the pandemic. But new cases and hospitalizations have begun to fall — nascent signs that the worst could be behind Los Angeles County. At the same time, new strains of the coronavirus have taken hold in Los Angeles, posing an urgent health threat looming over the county's effort to get past the surge.