The Pasadena City Council will allow restaurants to continue providing outdoor dining, despite a health order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health suspending dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars for at least three weeks starting Wednesday at 10 p.m.
“We will assess our data daily but at this point will not close down restaurants on Wednesday or the near future based on a discussion at our City Council meeting tonight,” said Lisa Derderian, public information officer for the City of Pasadena, after a Monday night council meeting.
Acknowledging the economic impact that eliminating in-person dining has on small business owners and workers, Derderian said “For every restaurant staff member, there’s a family behind that person.”
Pasadena has its own Department of Public Health that has the authority to issue different health orders independent of the county.
Long Beach also has its own Department of Public Health but it opted to follow the county’s lead as it “has substantially similar data patterns to Los Angeles County with numbers currently at alarming levels,” according to a statement from City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis.