Alhambra businesses reopen as California restrictions are lifted

Effective June 15, most of the COVID 19 safety restrictions that were required in California and Los Angeles County were lifted or reversed. This includes pandemic guidelines for masks, capacity, events, and travel.

Updated guidelines for bars, restaurants, retail stores, and businesses include:

No more capacity limits required indoors or outdoors.

No more physical distancing required.

No more masks required for fully vaccinated people in most places, except for hospitals, public transportation, prisons, homeless shelters, indoors for K-12 schools, and during travel.

Masks are required indoors for unvaccinated people; enforcement is dependent on the discretion of businesses.

Masks and physical distancing were still required for employees per CAL/OSHA Workplace Guidelines as of June 15, but this was later reversed and is no longer required as of June 17.

For complete L.A. County Guidelines, go to http://bit.ly/LA_ReopeningGuide.

The lifting of restrictions is extremely welcome news for all businesses in Alhambra, as some had to adjust to survive the economic burdens that resulted. Some restaurants closed down temporarily or permanently, while others only did takeout and delivery or participated in the city's alfresco dining program. Some retail stores could only rely on very limited capacity, curbside pickup, or online shopping to serve their customers safely, according to guidelines that were mandated at the time. Gyms and hair salons had to close unless they had space to provide their services outdoors.

Now that the previous requirements are reversed, some businesses have reopened with excitement after being closed during the pandemic. This includes the recent reopenings of popular spots like The Chicken Koop Alhambra and Havana House Cigar Lounge. The Granada Nightclub also announced it would reopen its doors on July 23. Other establishments like The Boiling Crab, Yang's Kitchen, Rabbit Hole Bar, 28 West Sports Bar, Diner on Main, and Limericks Tavern were open previous to June 15, but now can have full capacity (indoors or outdoors) without masks and social distancing requirements.

With all this great news, the city hopes everyone will come out and support all who are open for business in Alhambra. Keep practicing all common sense things like staying home if feeling sick and washing hands.



Sep 2021


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