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Tuesday, September 15, 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

Indoor Dining Status Update
 
Unfortunately there are no new updates on any timeline for indoor dining. This past Friday, September 11th, four of us met again with Dr. Aragon and the Mayor’s staff to discuss next steps. We asked Dr. Aragon to tell us what target criteria he and Dr. Colfax would need to see either in terms of target reinfection rate or in terms of positivity rate.  
 
We have offered to provide help in laying out suggestions for how our industry could move to reopen as safely as possible for our staff and our customers. Such things may include offering to take temperatures of staff and/or customers, agreeing to provide a level of ventilation as required by the city, obtaining contact tracing information from guests, etc.
 
Per the State’s guidelines, San Francisco county just today met the criteria for Orange and if we can stay in this for 3 weeks, then per the State guidelines, indoor dining would be allowed at 50% up to 200 people. Currently we are under the Red per the State, which would allow for 25% indoor capacity up to 100 people. But as you know, the issue is that the city of San Francisco is not following State guidelines at this time.
 
We are aware that several restaurant operators are starting to explore a potential lawsuit against the city of San Francisco. We are not leading this discussion, but we are monitoring the situation and will continue to try to figure out how to best help our members survive.
Mayor Breed Calls for Extension of Small Business Eviction Protections
 
Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order in March, which allowed local governments to put in place commercial eviction moratoriums. San Francisco immediately enacted a commercial eviction moratorium for small and medium-sized businesses, which has helped to stabilize thousands of small businesses during the COVID pandemic.

Governor Newsom’s Executive Order is set to expire September 30th, and if the protections are not extended, San Francisco will no longer have the ability to prevent commercial evictions. 

In a statement today, Mayor Breed recognized how important our local commercial eviction moratorium is for our San Francisco’s businesses and called for an extension from Governor Newsom before the end of the month:
 
“We are hopeful we can find a way to extend eviction protections and financial support for these businesses beyond September 30. The virus has not gone away, and our economy has not yet recovered. Without these protections, it will take us even longer for our economy to recover. We need this extension in the next two weeks to help support our small businesses.”

You can read the full press release here. We will keep you updated as we learn more. 
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