Manhattan Beach Removes Seating Outside Restaurants as Cases Spike

The City of Manhattan Beach has dropped its experiment with public seating outside restaurants following a spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

As City News reported last month, Manhattan Beach began offering public seating for restaurant take-out after L.A. County banned outdoor dining. Less than a month later, the seating has been removed.

“This recent spike in the virus is significant despite the good news last month of our Manhattan Beach firefighters receiving some of the first COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Mayor Suzanne Hadley (NBC).

“Although public seating areas will be closed temporarily, please continue supporting our local businesses that offer pick-up, curbside, take-out and delivery services.”

Manhattan Beach reported 935 cases and 6 deaths on Jan. 11. L.A. County hospitals are completely overwhelmed, with 0% ICU capacity.