L.A. judge says county acted ‘arbitrarily’ in outdoor dining halt, but defers to broader lockdown

L.A. judge says county acted ‘arbitrarily’ in outdoor dining halt, but defers to broader lockdown
Banned in LA. Fox 11 LA video

[Ed. – The judge’s decision is on the county-wide prohibition against outdoor restaurant dining that shuttered the viral-video lady the day before Thanksgiving.  But the judge is still deferring to the state-level lockdown order that keeps everything locked down until after Christmas, so the decision won’t make a difference any time soon.]

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday issued a ruling that stated LA County “acted arbitrarily” and “failed to perform the required risk-benefit analysis” when it banned outdoor dining as a coronavirus-control measure as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Southern California.

Superior Court Judge James Chalfant also noted that, however, that due to the state’s overriding regional stay-at-home order through the Christmas holiday, which also includes an in-person dining ban, “outdoor restaurant dining in the county cannot reopen at this time.”

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