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L.A. County Approves Opening Wineries, Breweries & School Waivers

September 29, 2020 by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

Los Angeles County today moved to allow breweries and wineries to reopen for outdoor service and to implement the state’s waiver program for elementary schools.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to approve a motion from Supervisor Janice Hahn that will allow breweries and wineries to offer outdoor service. While the state has allowed any brewery or winery that doesn’t serve its own food to partner with a third-party vendor, Los Angeles County previously said only those with restaurant licenses could reopen. L.A. County was the only county in the state to add that restriction, prompting a group of area brewers to begin a social media campaign last month.

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Reopened breweries and wineries must still partner with a third-party food vendor and abide by the usual COVID-19 safety protocols, including outdoor seating and social distancing. But, they can begin serving in one week.

The Board also approved a motion to let TK-2 schools submit a wavier to reopen for in-person education. Starting in early October, the County will accept applications for 30 schools each week. It will prioritize those schools that have a higher number of students who qualify for free or reduced meals. Schools must be able to comply with current health guidelines and the Heath Officer must grant approval before reopening. 

Today, Public Health announced 905 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 related deaths in L.A. County. There are currently 714 people in the hospital, 34% of whom are in the ICU. The County’s current positivity rate is 2.9%. Its case rate is 7.3 cases per 100,000 residents. For Los Angeles County to move to the state’s less restrictive Tier 2, it will need to meet a case rate of 7 or fewer new cases per 100,000 residents and maintain that for at least two weeks. Read more about the tier system here.

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