A restaurant in swanky Beverly Hills, Calif., is dealing with a backlash, accused of inserting invites inside to-go baggage to a “discreet” New 12 months’s Eve dinner contained in the restaurant — in violation of coronavirus restrictions.
Each indoor and outside eating have been banned in Southern California because the area faces a scarcity of ICU beds amid a pointy uptick in confirmed infections.
A Los Angeles journalist tweeted a photograph of one of many purported invites from celebrity-friendly La Scala — two blocks from Rodeo Drive — that likened the New 12 months’s Eve dinner to a speakeasy-style gathering harking back to the alcohol-free period of Prohibition within the 1920s.
“We’re contemplating taking reservations for New 12 months’s Eve dinner. Inside,” the invitation learn. “If that is one thing you’d be excited by, please tell us as quickly as potential. If sufficient curiosity, we’ll contact you again to safe a reservation. Please preserve this discreet however inform all your mates.”
The invite was shared extensively on social media and struck a chord with Angelenos, who’ve confronted a ban on even outside eating since Thanksgiving.
“So it’s okay for the privileged and politicians to be round family and friends in the course of the holidays, simply not us common individuals, proper???” one individual wrote on Twitter.
“Because of this we’re the place we’re,” one other commented. “The whole disregard for others blows my thoughts.”
One other tweeted, the restaurant “needs to be delivering free meals to healthcare staff on New 12 months’s Eve, not making an attempt to bury them in additional sick individuals.”
A girl who stated she was a nurse supervisor in Riverside County tweeted, “I see dying on a regular basis and we’re so out of ratio persons are dying bc we won’t look after them. I’ve to stack our bodies in a semi. So benefit from the social gathering…”
Town of Beverly Hills instructed the Los Angeles Occasions it contacted the restaurant and reminded the administration of the eating restrictions.
“We perceive that is an extremely troublesome time for all of our companies,” the town’s assertion stated, “nonetheless the County Order does at the moment prohibit indoor and outside eating, together with within the Metropolis of Beverly Hills.”
On Christmas Day, the Beverly Hills Police Division tweeted it was conscious of the invites and stated it was “dealing with the matter.”
La Scala has not commented on the controversy or confirmed the authenticity of the invites. Its web site says the restaurant is closed on New 12 months’s Eve and that each indoor and outside eating have been unavailable.