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Outdoor dining ban moves forward in L.A. County despite decision being based on scarce data

 

Tents for outdoor dining are seen in a restaurant’s parking lot on November 17, 2020 in Alhambra, California, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:45 PM PT – Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A ban on outdoor dining in Los Angeles County went into effect, although health officials admitted there is no scientific evidence it will make a difference.

The ban, which went into effect Wednesday, is reportedly part of an effort to curb the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

However, during Tuesday’s board of supervisor’s meeting, health officials admitted the decision was made based on a flimsy CDC study.

Restaurant owners and workers say the ban will have a significant impact on them as well as their families.

“If you lost your job you would think that was cruel if you couldn’t provide food for your family at Christmas or a Christmas tree,” Casa Vega restaurant owner Christy Vega stated. “I mean…it’s cruel.”

“This is going to affect me and my family for sure, one hundred percent,” Casa Vega restaurant server Kelley Volk said. “Because I am basically the breadwinner for my family…it’s going to be a big drastic change because we are not employed any more.”

Critics said the study is flawed because it does not discern between indoor and outdoor dining nor does it take the specific location into consideration.

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