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LA County BANS outdoor dining, limits purchase of toilet paper

Health officials just imposed a three-week ban on all in-person dining, even outdoors. 

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Perhaps one of the only normal aspects of the new pandemic lifestyle, for many, is outdoor dining. After months of being stuck at home, people were craving any sense of normalcy, and going to eat outdoors at their favorite restaurant provided it. 

With winter approaching, restaurants across the country have spent loads of time and money modifying their outdoor seating arrangements, putting up tents, lights, heaters and more to ensure the comfort – and safety – of their patrons. 

But, in Los Angeles County, all that hard work is going to waste, as health officials just imposed a three-week ban on all in-person dining, even outdoors. 

“To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru and delivery services,” officials announced Sunday. 

“Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next 3 weeks, the announcement continued. 

The new ban is set to take effect Wednesday at 10 p.m. 

“Last week, Los Angeles County established thresholds for additional actions if the five-day average of cases is 4,000 or more or hospitalizations are more than 1,750 per day, to restrict in-person dining and restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars,” the announcement said, adding that the five-day average currently stands at 4,097. 

If the number rises to 4,500 or more and hospitalizations increase to 2,000 or more per day, the county will issue a mandatory stay-at-home order. 

“Public Health reminds everyone to stay at home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks to change the trajectory of surging cases and save lives. COVID-19 can be unintentionally spread to other people unless we all practice the simple safety precautions that prevent the spread,” the announcement said. “Virus transmission can be significantly reduced if we all keep distance from others who we don’t live with, always wear a face covering properly over our nose and mouth, and wash our hands frequently.” 

Amid this spike, retailers throughout the Golden State have also begun to limit purchases of toilet paper as the item becomes scarce once again, BizPacReview reports. 

“We put the limits on out of caution. The supply chain’s in a better position to handle this rush,” Kevin Curry, president of Albertsons’ Southern California division told the Los Angeles Times. 

This new restriction is undoubtedly going to hit businesses hard after months of preparing their outdoor spaces to comply with the rules. 

“L.A. County’s #COVID19 messaging has been all over the place since the beginning, despite paying PR firms $3 million. They now announce a knockout blow to restaurants via a tweet, and provide zero supporting science backing the idea that outdoor dining is fueling the spread,” FOXLA correspondent Bill Melugin tweeted. 

“L.A. County should reimburse every single one of these businesses that spent thousands making modifications to move outdoors and retrofit for safety,” he continued. “Maybe start with some of those fat county salaries? None of the people making the decisions have to worry about their livelihoods,” he added. 

Leo Terrell described the ban as “ridiculous and shameful” in a tweet.

“California has been taken over  by Socialists. Effective Wednesday, no outdoor dining at all in Los Angeles County,” he said.

“Democrats are destroying the economy by using COVID-19 as an excuse to control our ives. Ridiculous and Shameful,” he added.

Terrell also called the shutdown a loss of liberty.

“I cannot take these arbitrary shut downs and/or lockdowns. We have to do something about this,” he said.

“We are losing our freedom and our liberties in California and throughout this country,” he added.

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3 Comments

  1. Joe

    November 24, 2020 at 6:59 am

    I’m sure the Sh%$ will hit the fan on this one. Lmao

  2. Anthony Sakal

    November 24, 2020 at 7:41 am

    It’s called Marshall Law. They will not tell you that and if you object and resist you will be considered an enemy of the State. The First Amendment prevents Government from prevent people from assembling. The idea of preventing healthy people from interacting to prevent them from getting a disease government is prohibited from doing. People make choices as to whether they wish to take risks. We cannot be forced to stay home, to leave home, to follow, to remain or do anything that we wish not to do. It started with Obamacare where we were required to pay a fee for health insurance we did not want. If you yield on things like that you can expect things like this.

  3. Susan Bean

    November 24, 2020 at 8:48 am

    People are going to have to rise up & say no to these lockdowns. It will only get worse if we don’t.

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California Town Declares Itself ‘Constitutional Republic’ in Defiance of COVID Vaccine Mandates

As a constitutional republic, leaders “pledge to fight mandates they say go too far” reports the San Francisco Gate.

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Oroville, California
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One California town is utilizing the U.S. Constitution and rejecting Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate that requires schoolchildren to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Oroville, California has officially declared itself a “constitutional republic.” As a constitutional republic, leaders “pledge to fight mandates they say go too far” reports the San Francisco Gate.

Oroville’s Vice Mayor Scott Thomson is the father of two young boys and says the mandate for children was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “He believed the government had no right to tell him what to put into his, or his children’s bodies. Many of his constituents agreed when it came to pandemic mandates” writes the SF Gate.

Thomson felt he and his constituents were left with no choice, and so he declared Oroville a constitutional republic. The declaration passed by the City Council reads:

“Any executive orders issued by the State of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights will not be enforced by the City of Oroville against its citizens”

Thomson has said that “the desire here is dialogue” rather than sweeping mandates. Oroville is a city of only 20,000 but is rapidly growing, as in recent years it has determined itself to be a sanctuary of place “otherwise exempt from some liberal ideal.”

Oroville is not the first California town to be rebelling. Two years ago, the town of Needles became a “sanctuary city” for the Second Amendment. The move was in defiance of California’s strict gun control laws.

Other towns such as Atwater and Coalinga declared themselves as a “sanctuary city for business” and a town where all businesses are essential, as a consequence of the state’s strict pandemic shutdown orders.

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Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

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A federal judge in Kentucky issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday against President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors.

“U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, who serves the Eastern District of Kentucky, issued the opinion and order Tuesday afternoon,” the Lexington Herald Leader reported. “It came in response to a challenge from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who joined many other state attorneys general in challenging the mandate.”

“This is not a case about whether vaccines are effective. They are,” Van Tatenhove wrote. “Nor is this a case about whether the government, at some level, and in some circumstances, can require citizens to obtain vaccines. It can.”

He explained that the case was about if Biden could impose vaccines on the employees of government contractors and subcontractors, which “in all likelihood, the answer to that question is no,” he said.

The ruling comes the day after a different federal judge placed a halt on Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for U.S. workers, calling the requirement a “politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate.”

“The scale falls clearly in favor of healthcare facilities operating with some unvaccinated employees, staff, trainees, students, volunteers and contractors, rather than the swift, irremediable impact of requiring healthcare facilities to choose between two undesirable choices — providing substandard care or providing no healthcare at all,” U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp wrote in a 32-page order.

The New York Post explained, the “requirement would have affected more than 17 million workers in about 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers. Under the rule, announced Nov. 4, those affected would have to get their first dose of a vaccine by Dec. 6 and their second shot by Jan. 4.”

“A previous ruling against the Biden administration temporarily blocked a rule that private businesses with more than 100 employees require workers to be vaccinated or face weekly testing,” the Post added.

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