By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County’s outdoor dining ban can remain in place until at least February, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a panel of three judges put a pause to an order from an L.A. County Superior Court judge that would have required county officials to conduct a risk-benefit analysis of the ban in order for it to remain in effect.

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Now, another hearing is set to reconsider the ban on Feb 10. Until then, it can remain in place regardless of state guidelines.

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County officials temporarily prohibited outdoor dining on Nov. 25, in response to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Then, on Dec. 6, the state implemented new regional restrictions that shut down dining in Southern California’s entire 11-county region.

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On Tuesday, state public health officials extended the regional stay-at-home orders indefinitely, until ICU capacity has exceeded 15%.