After deciding to continue allowing outdoor dining, Pasadena officials are tightening restrictions in an attempt to control the high number of people coming into the city to eat in the week since L.A. County forced all other restaurants to close.
“We are seeing an influx of visitors because county restaurants are closed to outside dining,” said Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.
As of midnight Wednesday, only members of the same household will be allowed to sit together at local restaurants. City officials said they are depending on families to honor the restriction at restaurant tables, which now have a six-person limit.
Pasadena restaurants have been seeing the most business they’ve had in months, primarily because restaurants across the rest of L.A. County have been forced to close for in-person dining for at least three weeks.
On Monday, Pasadena announced that instead of following L.A. County and shutting down outdoor dining it would be enforcing restrictions across the board.
Since the weekend, seven restaurants have been forced to close due to failure to follow pandemic protocols.
In addition, a number of unpermitted events were closed, including a soccer match and a car show where dozens of people gathered without masks and did not comply with social distancing guidelines.
Also, about 75 runners at the Rose Bowl loop were told they needed to wear face coverings to walk or run around the stadium.