Monrovians Brave the Rains and Cold to Dine Outdoors

These patrons of Sena on Myrtle in Monrovia didn’t seem to mind the cool weather and drips of afternoon rain. | Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Just don’t expect to watch any television

By Terry Miller

After a two-month cessation due to COVID-19 cases, outdoor dining again is now permitted in Los Angeles County but with a new restriction forcing restaurants to turn off or remove televisions used for broadcast programming near customer seating areas.

The county’s revised health officer order also reinstates previous restrictions on patio dining — requiring servers to wear masks and face shields, limiting restaurants to 50% of outdoor capacity and requiring tables to be at least 8 feet apart.

Determined to be the first to dine outside, some brave Monrovians stepped out Friday at lunchtime to dine at Senna on Myrtle, enjoying a good meal despite nature’s temperament. The irony wasn’t lost on one passerby who quipped that Governor Gavin Newsom’s timing for reopening was “just in time for the perfect storm.”

If you plan on watching basketball or anything on television, well, that’s just not acceptable, says county health in its updated order.

“Televisions or any other screens that are used to broadcast programming must be removed from the area or turned off,” reads the updated order.

We’re not sure if that means your iPhone too.  We’ll let you know as soon as we hear.


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