Los Angeles is joining several other cities, including New York and Seattle, in limiting bars and restaurants to take out and delivery orders only.
On Sunday evening, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced executive action that will temporarily close bars, clubs, entertainment venues and more starting at midnight.
The shutdown will last through March 31 according to his announcement, “unless they are rescinded sooner, or extended further.”
“This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together,” Garcetti added.
The states of Ohio and Washington have also closed bars and restaurants, other than for take out and delivery orders.
Garcetti’s announcement came shortly after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement about his very similar executive order.
“The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together. We have to break that cycle. Tomorrow, I will sign an Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery,” de Blasio said in the statement posted to Twitter.
“Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues must all close,” he added.