CA Restaurateurs Fear Second Shutdown Poses Serious Risk

California began its second shutdown of on-site dining at restaurants on December 6, 2020. Restaurant owners, frustrated by the decision, said it could force them to close their doors for good.

The state, once divided into tiers, was reorganized into regions. When a region has less than 15 percent capacity available in its ICU, bars, wineries, nail, and hair salons all must close, along with other services deemed non-essential. Retail is restricted to 20 percent of store capacity, and restaurants must stop serving on-site.

California's restaurants have been unable to serve inside for months. But the new restrictions forced outdoor services to close as well in the affected regions. The restrictions only allow takeout and delivery.

California isn't the only state to implement these...

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