After a tumultuous few weeks that included a county health officer’s resignation and hostile public outcry, Orange County residents are no longer required to wear face coverings in public. Former OC health officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued an order requiring masks in late May, which caused backlash from locals and elected officials, according to the Los Angeles Times. OC officials modified this order on Thursday night.
Dr. Quick’s temporary successor and Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau announced that masks were significant in the fight against COVID-19, but that the requirement was no longer mandatory. Businesses have been opening up regularly since the region loosened coronavirus protections on May 23, which launched the reopening of restaurant dining areas and temporarily shuttered businesses because of the shelter-at-home order.
Threats against Dr. Quick were so severe that she required a security detail. OC supervisors also strongly recommended that those with symptoms remain home and wear masks.
In other news:
— A deliverable tiki bar called the Los Parrot Tiki Pop-Up launches today. The timing’s perfect, since every county except Los Angeles is reopening bars and cocktail lounges. The Los Parrot’s delivery kit starts at $49.95 and comes with a reusable cooler bag, tiki tumblers, swizzle sticks, and crushed ice. Five cocktails are the options, including a funky Polynesia with rum, coconut, pineapple, cream, dragon fruit, and bitters. Schedule a delivery or pickup online.
— The list of in-house service keeps expanding throughout LA. That includes the crew at Tallula’s who converted most of its parking lot into an outdoor patio for dinner and brunch, as well as Rustic Canyon on Monday. Also joining the reopening ranks is the 69-year-old HMS Bounty.
— Alhambra-based Panda Inn and Panda Express have participated in Pasadena’s Great Plates Delivered Program. The Pasadena-run program feed senior citizens with meals struggling, locally owned restaurants. This sounds ideal all-around, though this corporate chain reportedly sees $3.5 billion in revenue annually, according to the Pasadena Star News.
— On WeHoVille, a group of Black LGBTQ leaders convened in a Zoom call to discuss LA Pride and West Hollywood for what they described as continued discrimination over the years, including club entry policies that targeted Blacks, and being unable to secure unemployment at LGBTQ bars.
— Hatchet Hall’s chef/owner Brian Dunsmoor just completed a 19 hour bicycle ride for a cause. Velo News reports that Dunsmoor raised funds for his employees who lost income during the COVID-19 shutdown.
— Over in Santa Monica at STRFSH by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, the chefs/brothers put together a medley of seafood sandwiches available for contactless pickup or local delivery. The price is nice too, $40 nabs four beer battered Alaskan cod sandwiches rubbed in Nashville hot spice, plus fries and a drink.