2020 Dec 9, 1:38pm
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The outdoor dining ban has caused an uproar in the industry, and that spurred the lawsuit by the California Restaurant Association that led to the judge’s decision.“The Restaurant Closure Order is an abuse of the department’s emergency powers, is not grounded in science, evidence, or logic, and should be adjudicated to be unenforceable as a matter of law,” Chalfant wrote.“The department’s own data provide no support for the planned shutdown of outdoor restaurant operations,” Chalfant wrote. The judge noted that of the 204 locations identified by the county as having three or more confirmed Covid cases, fewer than ten percent are restaurants.The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to close outdoor dining for at least three weeks at the behest of county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. The ruling went beyond state prohibitions, which have not specifically barred outdoor dining.
“It's decimated down here. I mean, the whole time, you're sort of watching this crumble happen,” Mesnick said about the current state of business around SoMa and the FiDi districts.To describe these former bustling neighborhoods as “decimated” wouldn't be a far stretch either. Based on credit card usage data gathered by Mastercard and shared with San Francisco's Chamber of Commerce, about 293 of 344 (or 85%) of bars and restaurants are presumed closed throughout SoMa, FiDi and their adjoining neighborhoods.
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It's decimated down here