Cafe Vida Temporarily Closes Following Employee COVID-19 Case | The Village
Cafe Vida received notice on July 20 that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a temporary closure of the Antioch Street eatery.
“As a precaution we have made the decision to close for the next 24 hours to ensure we have sufficient time to conduct deep cleaning and sanitation to the entire premises,” a note on the restaurant’s door read. “All employees who worked the same shift as the employee who tested positive have been directed to self-quarantine and get tested before returning to work.”
Cafe Vida used the time that it was closed to bring in a special service for cleaning, Owner Luis Castaneda explained. As of Tuesday, July 28, all of the employees who had worked with the person who tested positive have tested negative for COVID-19.
The restaurant reopened on Wednesday, July 22, implementing temporary hours of operation from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a plan to return to longer hours on Friday. Monday through Thursday, Cafe Vida will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We need to ensure that all employees and our customers are protected against the spread of COVID-19,” the note continued.
The restaurant is opting to keep its patio closed for dining for now, with the goal of opening when the spike in cases decreases.
PPCC Elections | Pacific Palisades
The Pacific Palisades Community Council is inviting interested and eligible persons to run for area and at-large representative.
“Incumbents are not running in Area 6 (Via Mesa/Bluffs and Huntington) and Area 7 (Santa Monica, Rustic and Rivas Canyons, and Will Rogers State Park area),” PPCC Secretary Chris Spitz explained. “All seats are open, whether or not the incumbent is running.”
Details are available in the Notice of Election Nominations, which is available on the PPCC website at pacpalicc.org. Candidate statements are due by Thursday, August 13, at 4:30 p.m.
By acclamation, the PPCC board unanimously elected David Card as chair, David Kaplan as vice-chair, Richard Cohen as treasurer and Spitz as secretary for the 2020-21 term during a virtual meeting held on Zoom on July 23.
Teen Talent Contest | Pacific Palisades
The Pacific Palisades Teen Talent Contest has a 16th contestant: Diya Prakash, a singer who attends Palisades Charter High School.
Prakash does concert choir at Pali High and the Colburn Music Conservatory. She has traveled with choirs to other countries to perform.
Through the choirs Prakash has been in, she has gotten to attend what she described as many incredible charity fundraisers, travel the world, and perform at and with many different schools.
“I’ve helped set up several performances as well as performed in a benefit concert on Christmas,” Prakash shared. “I’ve also worked with a church over Thanksgiving to box 700 boxes for families without food.”
The Post would also like to introduce this year’s judges: Marissa Hermer, Ted McGinley and Bill Skinner—whose bios are available via a link on the contestants’ page.
For more about Prakash and the other contestants, visit palipost.com to read their bios, watch their video submissions and vote for your picks through July 31.
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