BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — Enterprise homeowners throughout the Southland need to make their voices heard, and unfold the message that they don’t imagine they’re in charge for the alarming improve in coronavirus instances.
A 4.5-mile Save Small Companies march was held on Saturday from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills.
“We aren’t the reason for these spikes!” one occasion attendee mentioned.
The march was led by the California Coalition for Protected Reopening and a number of other Chambers of Commerce, was held on Saturday to deliver consideration to their issues.
“They’re making all these guidelines for us and nobody’s spoken to us,” mentioned restaurant supervisor Steve Springer. “We’re on the frontlines. We’re the frontlines of this downside.”
Springer, the final supervisor of Sprago Beverly Hills, mentioned he’s laid off almost 200 individuals and solely has 12 staff left, working to outlive off takeout orders.
He joined different enterprise leaders on Saturday within the rally.
In Los Angeles County, a staggering 700,000 hospitality employees have misplaced their jobs since March, in line with the California Coalition for Protected Reopening.
“I simply needed to do one other 30 layoffs this week due to the closures,” mentioned Nick Rimedio, the Normal Supervisor of Kimpton La Peer Resort and a co-founder of the Coalition. “It’s probably the most saddest issues that I can inform you, making an attempt to look into their eyes and say ‘Why, what did we do improper?’”
Because the begin of the pandemic, hospitality employees ay they’ve complied with ever-changing rules and security protocols.
Out of doors eating is banned in 11 Southern California counties, severely decreasing enterprise and in lots of instances, some companies are restricted to a small variety of clients who can enter their amenities at a time.
“We’ll do something that we will to outlive and we simply need the prospect to do this,” Rimedio mentioned.
Enterprise homeowners mentioned they’re involved about how for much longer they’ll have the ability to maintain working below restricted situations that well being specialists have put in place to assist stop the unfold of COVID-19.
The Coalition is hoping to fulfill with county or state leaders quickly to current their issues.