Los Angeles County shut down all restaurants, bars, and (for practical purposes) hotels early in the epidemic as Covid case rates soared. In the months following, restrictions have been relaxed, customers have become more knowledgeable, and businesses have fine-tuned their procedures. Then there was Omicron.
The number of workplace-related outbreaks has surged from roughly 40 to more than 400 today, as Omicron has driven countywide numbers to levels never seen before, and numerous studios networks and production facilities have witnessed breakouts, as Deadline has reported.
Aside from the workplace breakouts, several of Hollywood’s most popular hangouts have been heavily hit. Spago, a longtime favorite, has seen 14 employees test positive for the virus. The Little Beach House Malibu in SoHo House has had 9 cases, while the Downtown SoHo Warehouse has had 39. The Beverly Hilton has had 23 cases, so it’s a good thing the Golden Globes weren’t in person this year.
All of these figures come from the Covid Active Outbreaks list released by Los Angeles County on Friday. However, the term “active outbreaks” may be a misnomer, as some of the entries here — such as the one for Spago — have been on the list for weeks, if not months, and may have already been resolved.
According to the county website, “These cases include cases recorded since the beginning of the current active outbreak and may include some people that have subsequently recovered.”
However, they are eventually erased; epidemics that occurred at Sony’s Culver City lot and Universal Studios in the past are no longer visible.
The recently rebranded Crypto.com Arena downtown, which, it should be mentioned, has received a significant amount of foot traffic over the past 6-9 months, presently has the greatest number of staff cases listed. There are 246 staff cases listed for the arena.
Other industry favorites have more cases than Crypto.com Arena, but the counts are dispersed over numerous locations. For example, Whole Foods in Los Angeles has over 254 illnesses throughout its stores.
Other grocery favorites like Trader Joe’s and Erewhon have experienced 114 and 66 infections in their local footprints, respectively.
Retail has been struck as well, with outbreaks at three top-tier Rodeo Drive outlets — Hermes, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
The In-N-Out on Sunset, Hollywood’s favorite post-Oscar guilty pleasure, has tallied 7 instances.
See below for a list of Hollywood’s favorite haunts, along with the number of cases reported on the county’s Active Outbreaks page.
Beverly Hills Hotel 33
The Beverly Hilton 23
Bottega Louie DTLA & WeHo 19
The California Club 11
Comedy Club of Los Angeles 9
Craig’s Restaurant 22
Crypto.com Arena 246
Fairmont Century Plaza 18
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles 78
Gucci Flagship 4
Hillcrest Country Club 11
The Hollywood Roosevelt 20
In-N-Out Burger on Sunset 7
Joan’s on Third 17
L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele 5
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills 15
Little Beach House Malibu 9
Louis Vuitton 17
Lucky’s Malibu 11
Mama Shelter Los Angeles 6
Mastro’s Beverly Hills 77
Osteria Mozza 10
Proper Hotel Santa Monica 22
Shutters on the Beach 17
SoHo Warehouse DTLA 39
Spago Beverly Hills 14
The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey 36
Thompson Hollywood Hotel 20
Trader Joe’s 114
Petit Ermitage Hotel 12
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 4
Wayfarer DTLA 10
Whole Foods 254