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March 16, 2020 -- Following Los Angeles' lead, the City of Santa Monica on Monday banned restaurants from serving food for consumption on their premises effective at noon.

It also closed all movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades, as well all gyms, fitness centers, spas and salons.

The latest supplement to the local emergency proclamation allows restaurants and food facilities to prepare and deliver food or offer it for pick up or for drive-through.

"For those establishments offering food pick-up options, proprietors are directed to establish social distancing practices for those patrons in the queue for pick-up," according to the order.

Under the order -- which will stay in effect through March 31 -- all bars and nightclubs that do not serve food are closed to the public.

As in LA, Santa Monica's order covers all businesses providing physical health and beauty services.

These include spas, hair salons, massage parlors and nail salons "that do not provide medical care or services that supplement medical care as directed by medical professionals," according to the order.

The order exempts vehicles that deliver grocery items to grocery stores from complying "with any City rules and regulations that limit the hours for such deliveries."

“This virus knows no boundaries," said City Manager Rick Cole. "Cities working together is the way to have the most impact and the least confusion.”

The order can be "extended or superseded during the period of local emergency by a duly enacted Ordinance of the City Council or by a further Order by the Director of Emergency Services."

The order comes after the City closed the Santa monica ier and City Hall on Monday ("Santa Monica Closes Pier, City Hall," March 16, 2020).


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