This is hot off the press: The State of California has ordered bars in the Valley to close again. You could see this coming a mile away. As our numbers of new COVID-19 cases continues to spike locally, statewide, and nationally there was just no way around it. Here is some copy from an article at the The Business Journal…
Bars and brewpubs in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties have been ordered to close following spikes in positive coronavirus cases.
Those Central Valley counties joined Los Angeles and Kern counties after having been on the California Department of Public Health’s County Monitoring List for more than 14 days. San Joaquin and Imperial counties have not had bars or brewpubs open since the crisis.
The order from CDPH directs brewpubs, breweries, bar and pubs that don’t serve food to close. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal, the order from CDPH states. Businesses that partnered with a food vendor such as a food truck are exempted from the order, but alcohol still has to be ordered in the same transaction.
For venues that sell alcohol off-site, they may offer curbside pickup or delivery.The Business Journal
I remember thinking back in March and April when so many were belly aching and complaining about sheltering in place, “Geez, the only thing worse than what we are going through as a country is not seeing all of this through, opening back up too much and too fast, and having to go through all of this again.” I think we are very close to that scenario. Just closing the bars and breweries is probably not going to be enough. Here we go…again. 🙁
Hat tip for this blog over at the The Business Journal.