Restaurant protocols

Los Angeles County Revises Restaurant Protocols, Announces Live Event Rules | Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

On April 17, 2021, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (“Department”) revised its restaurant protocol to allow for increased activity in light of the reopening of the County Orange Level.

The changes include:

  • Allow restaurants to have outdoor entertainment. Live entertainment operations are permitted outdoors only. Performers should be at least 12 feet from seated client groups.
  • Allow restaurants to organize private events when the restaurant is not operating for regular business. Private events are subject to a separate protocol and restaurants that host these events must follow all rules for private events.
  • Employees who are fully vaccinated may choose not to wear a face shield (a change from previous guidelines requiring all restaurant employees to wear both a face shield and a face shield), provided they present acceptable proof of full vaccination to their employer. Face mask requirements for fully vaccinated employees remain in effect.
  • Updated distancing guidelines between customer groups.

Additionally, on April 15, 2021, the Department announced a protocol to authorize live events and performances, including outdoor and indoor events. This protocol allows sites to increase capacity if they require all guests to present proof of vaccination or negative test results.

As part of the event protocol for indoor events:

  • Sites for up to 1,500 people can operate with a maximum occupancy of 15% of capacity or 200 people, whichever is less.
  • Sites that can accommodate more than 1,500 people can operate with a maximum occupancy of 10% of capacity or 2,000, whichever is less.
  • Rooms of any size can open at 35% of their capacity if all guests present either a recent negative test result or complete proof of vaccination.

Tickets for live events seated indoors must be purchased in advance and digitally delivered to customers. Only state residents can purchase tickets to attend live events seated indoors. Fully vaccinated people from out of state can visit or attend activities or events reserved for visitors to the state.

Under the protocol for outdoor events, large outdoor venues may be open to the public for outdoor operations at a maximum occupancy of 33%. However, outdoor venues can increase attendance capacity to 67%, if all Guests present at the site proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of participation or full proof of vaccination.