LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors’ discussion on the Public Health Officer Order and the suspension of outdoor dining in Los Angeles County:

“It is a tragedy that we have come to this point. I am keenly aware that suspending outdoor dining will have a detrimental impact on our small businesses. But I’ve said time and time again that I will listen to our public health experts – and their recommendation is clear. None of us want to see this closure, but it is necessary to protect our collective well-being.

In the First District, since the beginning of the crisis, there have been 96,980 positive cases of COVID-19. We cannot succumb to the false dichotomy between the health of our economy and that of the public. They are intrinsically linked and addressing the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is necessary to halt any long-term economic damage that can result from overwhelmed hospitals, sick employees, and safety net programs stretched thin.

To help businesses impacted by this restriction, the Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to my motion, on approving the appropriation of the County’s second CARES Act supplemental spending plan, to support restaurants, breweries and wineries.  Additionally, on December 8, the Board of Supervisors will vote on my motion to allocate $10 million to local restaurants to provide meals to vulnerable communities. However, it is indisputable that we need more economic stimulus, with money going directly into people’s pockets so they can stay safer at home. Congress must pass the RESTAURANTS Act and other recovery. And despite what’s been said, this restriction does not shut down restaurants, since take-out and delivery are still allowed.

Our healthcare workers are exhausted, our essential workers are severely impacted, and while our residents are as well, this is a critical juncture requiring decisive action and a steadfast commitment to safety. I know our residents will once again slow the spread of COVID-19 and its destructive economic consequences. We have come so far – and I am calling on all of us to continue that work. It will save lives.”

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov