Governor Imposes Stricter COVID-19 Restrictions Which Will Impact Outdoor Dining in Pasadena

PASADENA, Calif.—On Dec. 3, the governor of the state of California issued a new health order that set strict stay-at-home requirements and limitations on business for multi-county regions facing reduced critical care resources due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and ICU admissions. The state's new stay-at-home order supersedes any and all City of Pasadena stay-at-home orders to the extent the City orders impose restrictions less stringent than those of the state. Restrictions as specified by this order will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU bed availability.

The order limits a variety of activities for at least 21 days and restrictions will likely begin as early as this coming weekend. We are awaiting the written order, but based on an understanding from the Governor’s press conference, please note: affected communities will have limitations of 20% on all retail establishments, and we will see required closings of personal services businesses, including hair and nail salons, and all bars. Under the state order, restaurants will be required to return to takeout and delivery services only. All gatherings of more than one household are prohibited; sector operations will be closed, except for critical infrastructure and retail; and face coverings and physical distancing will be required in all other operations. Some outdoor activity will still be permitted. Schools that have been granted waivers will be allowed to continue to operate, as well as childcare facilities. The City of Pasadena will be posting links to the state website for specific guidance once the written order and guideline are released.

“It is devastating to see the rapid increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and our public health department is in constant contact with Huntington Hospital and other healthcare facilities to monitor the situation. The governor's order supersedes the City’s authority and is based on the need for regional and statewide control to address this pandemic. We are sorry for the impact of the state health order on our retail businesses, our personal care service providers, on our restaurants who can no longer undertake outdoor dining, and on all of us. But given the gravity of the situation, an approach of this magnitude appears necessary,” states City Manager Steve Mermell.

“We need to do our part to avert the projected devastating scenario. We must refrain from gathering with people from outside our household whenever possible. We need to work together to protect our family, friends, neighbors and businesses,” adds Pasadena Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh. “We will provide specific guidance on shutdown times and dates as soon as they are established by the state.”

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