Los Angeles restaurants, reeling from slow business during the local "safer at home" order issued due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be permitted to convert to ad hoc market.  

The Los Angeles Times reports that the County's Department of Public Health is developing guidelines for restaurants to safely sell grocery items for delivery and takeout.

The move comes after reports of several restaurants being shut down for the practice last week.

Recommendations to restaurants seeking to operate temporarily as grocery stores include listing grocery items on menus for delivery or takeout.  The Department of Public Health recommends against setting up stores in vacant dining rooms, "as this defeats the purpose of closing dining rooms to customers."