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Thursday, September 3, 2020
The GGRA is here to help. We continue to work with the City, the State, and our leaders in Washington DC to advocate for relief for restaurants, as well as keep our community up to date with information and resources. 
 
We will continue to send updates as they become available. If you have any questions, please call (415) 305-3020 or email me at laurie@ggra.org, thanks! -Laurie

Reopening Update -
Meeting with Mayor Breed, Dr. Colfax & Dr. Aragon Today

 
As everyone knows, the City started to reopen some sectors this week. Unfortunately, indoor dining was not given a time frame for reopening - see Reopening San Francisco, and was instead listed as number 14 “TBD”. This has caused everyone a lot of stress and disappointment. 
 
Today we had a good meeting with Mayor Breed, Dr. Colfax, Dr. Aragon, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, the Mayor’s Policy Advisor, and the Assessor-Recorder, along with Laurie, Stacy Jed, Pete Sittnick and Lindsay Tusk. We spent almost an hour updating them on the dire state of the industry and why we need to be allowed to move toward reopening indoor dining as soon as possible and as safely as possible.
 
While there were no decisions out of the meeting, we all agreed to continue to meet over the next few weeks to try to outline what steps we can take with Dr. Colfax from the Department of Public Health, and San Francisco’s Health Officer, Dr. Aragon, to feel that we are helping our city and our affected communities to achieve the targets we need to move to a reopening of modified indoor dining. 
 
We also underscored the huge financial impact that we are all experiencing, even with an option to do outside dining. We discussed the numerous employees who have lost their health insurance, and many, many more who are in danger of losing it with permanent closures, the mental health concerns we have for our industry, and the inability financially for many us to keep going much longer. We discussed that the federal funding (PPP) has run out and there is a concern we may not see significant new federal relief.
 
I am hopeful that over the next few weeks we will have more positive information to share, and an updated timeline to share. That said, currently, I would not plan on indoor dining being allowed anytime before early to mid October at the earliest. As always, reach out to Laurie at laurie@ggra.org if you have suggestions or comments. 
California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents
Will Be Out Labor Day Weekend

 
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced it will have agents out working to keep the public safe through enforcement of alcoholic beverage laws on Labor Day weekend. ABC Agents will visit ABC licensed businesses, to check on compliance with current health orders, and to reduce alcohol service to obviously intoxicated patrons and persons under 21 years old.
 
ABC reminds licensees to make sure their employees are wearing face coverings and to practice social distancing measures. The department also advises anyone of legal drinking age to help reduce DUI’s by designating a non-drinking driver before travelling to a location where alcohol is sold. Along with enforcement efforts, ABC relies on all licensees to follow the law.
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