Businesses worried spike in county COVID cases could mean a shutdown

The enterprise group is on edge after county leaders ‘sounded the alarm’ not too long ago that San Diego County’s COVID-19 case charge has elevated and raised considerations.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County officers say San Diego resides on the sting of going into the upper, extra restrictive “purple” tier if case numbers don’t drop. They’re urging San Diegans to do all the pieces they will to cut back their publicity to the virus to be able to keep away from transferring to probably the most restrictive tier.

However many native enterprise homeowners say they’ve already had an especially troublesome time making an attempt to function and don’t wish to be pressured to cut back or shut down.

“It’s extremely troublesome. I can’t, you recognize, make any cash,” stated Dan Milles, proprietor of Seashore Bumzz in Pacific Seashore.

Milles stated he’s already nervous. It’s his first time proudly owning a restaurant, that he began with an government chef enterprise companion in December 2019, who stop when the pandemic hit.

“In the event that they do make it extra restrictive, and we return to the takeout then I’m simply going to be in a world of damage,” stated Milles, whose restaurant serves pizza, breakfast burritos, tacos, fish and chips.

Issues have been rising for enterprise homeowners after San Diego County leaders sounded the alarm Friday.

San Diego County Supervisor and COVID-19 taskforce chief Nathan Fletcher stated “in a super world we’d be anticipating descending right into a decrease tier, however proper now we’re preventing to remain the place we’re.”

The County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten echoed the warning, “As we speak we’re right here to sound the alarm…that’s simply too shut for consolation,” Wooten stated.

A spike in COVID-19 circumstances may imply the county strikes to a extra restrictive tier that may drastically influence companies.

“In March and April when all we may do was takeout, our gross sales simply plummeted,” Milles stated.

Milles’ gross sales shot down 70%, and so did his PB neighbors.

“Two companies across the nook, Mimi’s Tacos and a Hawaiian place, they each closed,” he stated. 

Then subsequent door to Milles is Our Inexperienced Affair – a brand new family-owned restaurant that serves custom-made salads, bowls and loaded potatoes. It opened proper earlier than the pandemic shutdown.

“It’s all about holding our heads assist excessive and dealing exhausting to succeed. On the finish of the day that’s all that’s in our management,” stated Jeanette Gaistman, co-owner of Our Inexperienced Affair together with her father and sister.

The artsy inexperienced spot is grateful for outside house and repeat clients.

“Due to them, that’s what’s serving to us keep alive,” Gaistman stated.

However the uncertainty of what may occur to the restaurant if COVID circumstances proceed to extend will not be simple.

“It does fear us as a result of for enterprise functions we wouldn’t wish to shut down,” Gaistman stated.

Companies like Seashore Bumzz say monetary assist has primarily been going to established corporations round for 12 months or extra, which overlook his place in operation for 10 months.

“I’m not getting any assist in anyway, not from the feds, not from the county, not from the town,” Milles stated.

He stated he’s had a problem getting an $800 signal allow via the town that he didn’t even know he wanted. He stated he put in his software on Sept. three and nonetheless has not obtained any phrase again.

For the county to formally transfer into probably the most restrictive purple tier, it might take two consecutive weeks of getting an adjusted case charge of seven.1 or above.

“In the event that they return to that or if this continues on for months and months and months, I feel I’m going to have to shut down. There’s no approach I may proceed to try this,” Milles stated.

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