Los Angeles County will tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions, officials announced Tuesday, as COVID-19 cases doubled since the beginning of November.

As of Friday, restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., the county announced.

Additionally, non-essential businesses that were permitted to operate indoors — including retail stores, offices, and personal care services — will be required to limit occupancy to 25%. And, capacity will be limited to 50% at outdoor restaurants, breweries, wineries, cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages.

Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff who are also wearing face coverings, according to the county. Services that require either the customer or the staff member to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, will not be permitted.

Throughout L.A. County, COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of November and hospitalizations have increased from an average of about 900 a day to more than 1,000 a day in same time period, officials said.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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