Social distancing? Face coverings?
Many of dozen or more customers of Barney’s Beanery who were eating and drinking and lounging on the sidewalk this afternoon apparently were unaware of rules and recommendations from various health organizations that are intended to reduce spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The recommendation is that people sit or stand at least six feet apart from one another to reduce the chance of the COVID-10 virus travelling through the air from one person to another. Another recommendation, which will be requirement enforced by the City of West Hollywood beginning tomorrow, is that people wear face coverings when they are out in public.
The Los Angeles County Health Department on March 16 announced that restaurants would be allowed only to offer delivery and take out service — an effort to reduce the chance that the COVID-19 virus could be spread among employees and customers sitting close together in a restaurant space. On March 19, the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control decided to allow restaurants with liquor licenses to also sell beer, wine, and pre-mixed drinks/cocktails for pick-up or delivery. However, it stipulated that drinks with alcohol must be sold with food from the same establishment, and alcoholic beverages must have a secure lid on them.
Barney’s, which is at 8447 Santa Monica Blvd. across from Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial Park, has had someone on the front porch serving up meals to go for quite a while. This afternoon those in line were asked to stand six feet apart while they waited in line to be served.
But once they grabbed their meals (and cocktails, which an employee tells WEHOville you can actually buy without buying a meal) more than a dozen of them decided to dine out on the sidewalk.
WEHOville posted a photo on Facebook on May 5 of a similar clustering of people waiting for cocktails outside Pink Taco on Sunset Boulevard , many without masks and standing very closes together.
WEHOville has reached out to Pink Taco and Barney’s Beanery with questions about the close gatherings but has gotten no response.
Readers are invited to take photos of examples of egregious violations of the social distancing rules and the face covering rules and share them with WEHOville (info@WEHOville.com) for publication. That might make it more likely that people become aware of the violations and the impact they can have on the health of members of the community.
Covering your mouth and nose greatly reduces the chance that you will eject the tiny and invisible virus particle onto someone else when you cough, sneeze, or talk. And remember, if you think you don’t need to abide by that rule because you don’t have the virus, you actually might have it. It can take two weeks for the symptoms to show.