• Richard Easson

LA’s Newest COVID Restrictions Target Super Bowl, TVs Must be Off

While California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has lifted some coronavirus restrictions such as his stay-at-home order and resuming of business for those deemed “non-essential” by the state’s government including salons and restaurants, Los Angeles County feels different about the lifting of restrictions and is reacting in the opposite direction.

Some believe the restrictions being lifted by the Governor is in response to the Recall Gavin Newsom petition which has currently hit 77% of its goal, or 1.5 million signatures.

The new restrictions in Los Angeles County released on Friday directly affect those wanting to enjoy the Super Bowl via outdoor dining, since the indoor option is still prohibited. The Los Angeles Times reported that officials are concerned the Super Bowl could very well become a “super spreader” event just like the Dodgers and Lakers championship wins that they believe is correlated with spikes in COVID cases that occurred around the same time.

The new restrictions say:

· Televisions must be turned off

· Restaurant employees interacting with customers must wear a mask AND face shield

· Everyone at a table must be from the same household

· No more than six people may sit at a table

· Tables must be separated 8 feet apart rather than the usual 6 feet

In regard to the new restrictions, the LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis told the LA Times, "We really do need to be cautious as we move forward, given we have a major sporting event coming up, and it's not uncommon for people to be yelling, shouting, screaming during the excitement of a game.”

He added, "There is no such thing as no risk at a restaurant or any other setting where people from different households are together.”

The county’s Health Director Barbara Ferrer said, "It will be tragic if the Super Bowl becomes the Super Spreader of coronavirus." She also stated that county and health officials would not be afraid to ratify strict measures again if cases rise.

Good luck, LA.