Marching from Hollywood to Beverly Hills to name for a rollback of COVID-19 restrictions Saturday, enterprise house owners spoke of getting to put off workers to remain afloat and needing extra assist from the federal government.
The rally organized by dozens of enterprise chambers and commerce associations got here as shops and eateries have been grappling with a brand new regional-stay-at-home order introduced on by a record-breaking coronavirus surge that’s hitting Los Angeles County notably onerous.
The brand new restrictions ban in-person eating and shut hair salons, barbershops, card rooms, wineries, bars, breweries, distilleries, film theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums.
Organizers of Saturday’s march known as the foundations “merciless” and questioned the science behind them.
Demonstrators within the small crowd chanted “save our jobs” and “open and secure.” They wore brilliant inexperienced T-shirts studying “save small companies” and “cease the closures.”
Supervisor of Beverly Hills restaurant Spago, Steve Springer, says he’s needed to let 160 staff go.
“It’s an unbelievable scenario,” Springer stated. “It’s not sustainable. I imply, finally, each restaurant goes to shut — I imply you’ve already seen him dropping like flies.”
Walter Schild of Hinoki & the Fowl restaurant says the scenario is dire.
“We simply needed to lay off 40 extra folks and we now have 5 folks left and we’re gonna lose the entire enterprise,” Schild stated.
L.A. County was providing $30,000 grants to restaurant house owners affected by COVID-19 restrictions, however there was solely a restricted variety of grants accessible.
Well being officers say the closures are crucial.
One month in the past, the five-day common of coronavirus instances was 2,134. Right this moment it’s 10,034 — a rise of 370% in only one month, in accordance with the L.A. County Division of Public Well being.
Extra alarming is that COVID-19 hospitalizations elevated 303% and deaths elevated 416% throughout the county in simply 30 days.
“Proper now, with the quantity of neighborhood transmission of COVID-19, the transmission threat introduced by out of doors eating at a desk with others is just too excessive and can end in further instances that the hospital system quickly will be unable to soak up,” the L.A. County Division of Public Well being stated Friday in a statement.
Los Angeles County suspended in-person eating on Nov. 25, saying the ban will final at the least three weeks because of an unprecedented surge in coronavirus instances. Earlier than that, residents have been solely allowed to eat outdoor at eating places — lots of which had expanded onto sidewalks and introduced canopies to adjust to the foundations.
A decide later restricted the native eating ban to a few weeks, saying the well being division should conduct a risk-benefit evaluation earlier than attempting to increase the restriction.
However L.A. County stays underneath the state’s stay-at-home order, which additionally bans in-person eating at eating places till at the least Dec. 27.
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