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Manhattan Beach Says It’ll Fine You Up to $500 For Not Wearing a Mask in Public

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Plus, brunch in Long Beach, sad news for Altadena’s Dutch Oven Bakery and Balconi Coffee

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Pedestrians in Manhattan Beach on July 3
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Another LA-area beach city upped its mask enforcement on Tuesday. The Manhattan Beach City Council voted four-to-one to mandate fines for those without face coverings in public. The new municipal code marks a $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for the second, and $500 for each incident after that.

Back in May, the council tried to pass a $1,000 fine for mask violations, but received push back from locals, according to the Daily Breeze. During the meeting, the council considered more signage and more warnings, but concluded that enforcement was the only way to go. With the city allowing more outdoor dining for its always-busy restaurants, especially with tables out into sidewalks and even former street parking spots, wearing masks in public will stem the spread of COVID-19 and reduce potential exposure to diners.

On July 2, Santa Monica took up a similar action around face coverings, with fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. And in West Hollywood, sheriff deputies now grant a $300 fine for the same offense.

In other news:

—An employee at the Grand Central Market Eggslut tested positive for COVID-19 this week. The location temporarily closed for a thorough cleaning and testing of all staff.

—This Sunday, Rebecca King will pop-up at Pop’s Bagels from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The two will collaborate by combining her notable Porkstrami on a Pop’s pumpernickel bagel.

—Sawtelle’s Balconi Coffee’s last day of service is July 31 due to COVID-19. The goodbye may not be permanent, as the cafe is considering pop-ups and and collaborations.

—Altadena’s beloved Dutch Oven Bakery closed permanently. Owner/baker David Davis passed away at the end of 2019, and the longstanding business never recovered.

—Fresh off the heels of opening in West Hollywood, Strings of Life appears ready to open a new outpost in DTLA, according to What Now Los Angeles.

—Long Beach’s Portuguese Bend commences brunch this weekend. In addition to an ample outdoor patio, it’ll serve pineapple upside-down hot cakes, breakfast burritos, and $5 bloody Marys.

The outdoor dining area for Portuguese Bend Distilling in Long Beach, California
Portuguese Bend Distilling
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