The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to vote on the possibility of reopening outdoor dining under special fim set protocols. 

The County Board of Supervisors put a three week hold on outdoor dining for area restaurants on November 25. The ban was only supposed to last through December 17, but a state-imposed ban on outdoor dining moved the date to late December at the earliest. 

According to public health documents, on June 11, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health adopted a staged approach, of which it said was supported by science and public health expertise, to allow Music, Television and Film production to resume filming. The documents include film set protocols on dining. 

The resolution that is set to be voted on by the VNC calls on the County Department of Public Health to allow the re-opening of outside dining under those film set protocols.

According to the motion, the Covid-19 pandemic has crippled the restaurant industry and threatened to put many restaurateurs out of business. Writers of the motion say tens of thousands of jobs in the restaurant industry have been lost to date and many thousands more will be lost due to the ban on outside dining.

The motion states that the County Department of Public Health has allowed FilmLA to permit outside dining on film sets, therefore outdoor dining should be allowed at restaurants. 

If the motion passes, it will be sent to the five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The vote will take place in a special meeting