As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its 18th month, San Fernando Valley area residents and businesses are sure to be discouraged by the fading glimmer of hope that seemed so bright just a month ago. 

New indoor mask mandates, vaccination requirements, rising virus medical cases, and increasing hospitalization rates have the San Fernando Valley girding for more uncertainty. From a business standpoint, COVID-19 has perhaps been felt worse by restaurants than any other business segment. 

Six months into the pandemic, the National Restaurant Association reported roughly 17 percent of U.S. restaurants permanently shut down — about 110,000 establishments. A report released in May by the state of California said nearly a third of restaurants permanently closed and two-thirds of workers at least temporarily lost their jobs as the pandemic set in. Now, in the face of rising Delta variant cases, some Los Angeles restaurants are going so far as to preemptively close in order to protect workers. 


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