All Dressed Up and No One to Serve

The Abbey decorated for Christmas

The Abbey has decked the halls for Christmas despite not being allowed to serve anyone.

David Cooley had his restaurant/nightclub, once named the “most famous gay bar in the world,” decorated for the holidays even though the last time he was able to serve any customers was on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

Several other West Hollywood restaurants, like Roccos, have followed suit, adding some holiday festiveness to their storefronts, even though people can only enjoy all that fa la la la la when they order take out, or when they pass by on the sidewalk.

Rocco’s has a Christmas tree on display despite not being able to serve customers due to the outdoor dining ban.

Los Angeles County’s order banning outdoor service at restaurants went into effect the night of Nov. 25. That ban was scheduled to last just three weeks, ending on Dec. 16.

The county’s public health department banned the outdoor dining in an effort to stem the growing number of COVID-19 cases, saying that restaurants were at least a partial cause of the coronavirus surge since people have their face masks off while eating and drinking.

A Superior Court judge ruled the county acted “arbitrarily” and “failed to perform the required risk-benefit analysis” before enacting that ban in a hearing on Dec. 8. He also said the county has only presented “generalized evidence” of transmission risk from outdoor dining.

However, the judge’s ruling did not reopen outdoor dining at LA County restaurants because by that point, the state of California had imposed a three-week safer-at-home lockdown order upon the Southern California region. That state-mandated lockdown, which went into effect on Dec. 7, also banned outdoor dining at restaurants (take out orders and delivery still allowed).

The state’s regional lockdown order is currently scheduled to end on Dec. 28. However, with some now calling Los Angeles County the epicenter of the pandemic, it seems likely the state’s lockdown order will be extended beyond Dec. 28.

On Sunday, LA County reported 5,549 people hospitalized with COVID-19, with 21% of those people in the ICU.

Hospitalizations have been steadily rising in the past month. In the last two weeks, hospitalizations have increased by approximately 200 people a day.

During the past week, the county has been averaging 14,136 new cases a day and 84 new deaths a day.

LA County, with a population of 10 million, has a cumulative total of 623,670 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. That means approximately 1 in every 16 people in the county has had the virus at some point since the pandemic began.

A total of 8,875 people in the county have died from the virus since March.

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WeHo Poster
WeHo Poster
3 months ago

These businesses must have their rents forgiven, and their payrolls assumed by the federal government until the pandemic is over

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
3 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Poster

I agree. Stop spending money on a space force when people are losing their livelihoods!

No more money for Israel. STOP.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
3 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Poster

dreaming

Larry Block
Larry Block
3 months ago

My business BlockParty has been open every single day since the pandemic began. We have had ZERO cases of Covid among any of our staff. Everyday we know that Covid is coming to visit. Everyday we know Covid is going to walk thru our doors. But we open safely and follow protocols. Governments shut city halls and don’t come back to work for a year cause the residents pay the property taxes and they can raise taxes.. but private businesses have to worry about paying their rent and cannot afford the same luxury. Businesses have to keep our doors open,… Read more »

Manny
Manny
3 months ago

Is this suppose to be something special they’re doing? It’s the holidays after all. I’ve decorated my house and so have many others. I see a lot of Christmas trees and decorations in apartment windows. Beverly Hills has beautiful lights all over its city. I wouldn’t expect anything less from these establishments.

Jason K
Jason K
3 months ago
Reply to  Manny

I think they are going above by decorating. Have you ever been to the Abbey at Christmas time? Putting those decorations up is not cheap and with nobody to see them and no money coming in why should the businesses bother?

Manny
Manny
3 months ago
Reply to  Jason K

It’s just a bunch of wreaths hanging outside.

greeneyedboy
greeneyedboy
3 months ago

Make sure to tip the gogos handsomely next summer!

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