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Pasadena City Manager Cautiously Optimistic about Variance Approval that could see restaurants opening soon


With a little luck, time and modifications this scene with good friends sharing food and beer could soon be recreated across the county of Los Angeles – Photo by Terry Miller

By Terry Miller

What a long strange trip it has been. Especially for local businesses like restaurants..

The coronavirus has affected each of us in so many ways and the task of getting “back to normal” is no small feat indeed.

On Friday, however, the state offered restaurants an olive branch and now sets the guidelines for the reopening of restaurants, hairdresser and barbershops.

 “We have been expecting approval of the variance for Los Angeles County.  Guided by the policy direction of the City Council, staff has been hard at work developing the plans and protocols to enable our various business sectors to re-open within the parameters established by the California Department of Public Health.  While we are grateful that more parts of our local economy may operate again, we must be mindful that until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, it is vitally important that we follow the advice of health professionals to reduce the risk of transmission, Steve Mermell Pasadena City Manager”  

According to PIO Lisa Derderian there is no timeframe for orders or guidelines to be finalized

Since March 17, restaurants have been shuttered and then forced only to serve take out which doesn’t come anywhere near covering costs of maintaining a thriving restaurant.

Statement by Supervisor Kathryn Barger:

“Today’s announcement by the State represents monumental progress for Los Angeles County as we join the vast majority of other regions in California on the path toward reopening and recovery. I am grateful to our state and local partners for their collaboration in helping us transition to being Safer at Work and Safer in our Communities.

“This approval by the State enables the County to immediately allow for the safe reopening of in-person dining, hair salons, and barber shops — further bringing our communities together and resuming to a sense of normalcy. Our ability to continue on the path of reopening will depend on our adherence to physical distancing and face covering guidelines to ensure we are able to protect the public health of our residents.”

May 29, 2020

About Author

tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story. or playing drums, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars like his beloved 74 MGB...more like an addiction, says his wife of 22 years says.


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