LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Los Angeles judge Wednesday again rejected legal challenges against the county’s ban on in-person dining.
Superior Court Judge James Chalfant declined to immediately issue a court order in a lawsuit filed by the downtown restaurant Engine Co. No. 28, owned by attorney Mark Geragos, against L.A. County.READ MORE: Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award Nominees Announced
The suit challenges the constitutionality of a health order that took effect Nov. 25 banning outdoor dining for at least three weeks to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
In a complaint filed last month, attorneys called the health order by Dr. Muntu Davis “ill-conceived” and that it would potentially ” have the unintended effect of further spreading the virus” by forcing businesses to lay off or furlough employees, who would then “further congregate and cluster with family and friends”.READ MORE: Clippers Barely Hold Off Celtics To Seal Victory, 114-111
While Chalfant declined to take action, the judge set another hearing for next Tuesday, saying he wants the county to provide evidence about the threat of COVID-19 transmission at outdoor dining establishments being used to justify the ban.MORE NEWS: Pasadena Prepares For Rose Parade Festivities Amidst Rising COVID-19 Cases
Wednesday’s hearing was held in conjunction with a hearing in a separate lawsuit on the same topic filed by the California Restaurant Association.