Photograph by Roland Lizarondo
Beginning Saturday morning eating places, gyms and church buildings need to cease indoor operations after a rise in COVID-19 circumstances.
“It’s simply not justified,” stated Peter San Nicolas who owns Ramona Fitness Center within the East County. San Nicolas is one in every of many enterprise homeowners weighing whether or not to adjust to closure orders this weekend.
“So we are able to simply shut down and probably exit of enterprise — for lots of people that’s what that’s going to imply — or you can keep open and sure, go towards the orders and possibly nonetheless be put out of enterprise,” he stated. “So what’s the danger? We might fail both means, what do we’ve got to lose?”
In August, San Nicolas was charged by the San Diego County District Legal professional for violating a special closure order, however these prices have been later dropped. He is since joined different San Diego County gyms in a lawsuit towards the state arguing that restrictions are crippling his enterprise.
“I used to be getting to some extent the place, OK, if we get by way of this yr after which we get by way of a very good time of yr with January, February, March, like New Years folks coming again — I’ll be capable of see; are we going to make it?” San Nicolas stated, including that within the final two months he is seen a rise in membership.
“Now with this shutdown, I do not know. However I’m not going to give up.”
Down the street at Momma Ramona’s restaurant co-owner Andrew Simmons was on the brink of shut his eating room forward of restrictions hitting Saturday.
“I might love to remain open however I do not assume the county will permit us, and I can not afford to have my restaurant shut down,” he stated. “I’ve mounted month-to-month bills each month — whether or not we’re open or closed — and if I’m closed all my people are out of jobs and I’ve no revenue coming in.”
Simmons purchased the Italian eatery weeks earlier than the pandemic hit in March.
“We haven’t made cash since shopping for the restaurant — it’s been a loss for us each month,” he stated.
Simmons’ has taken on a brand new problem to complement the restaurant’s losses. Promoting returned Amazon gadgets.
“These gross sales really assist complement our common gross sales so we’re solely shedding $5,000 or $10,000 a month in comparison with $25,000 or $30,000,” Simmons stated.
Enterprise homeowners are planning one other “Reopen San Diego Rally” exterior the San Diego County administration constructing on Monday night. There, folks plan to demand native management over coronavirus closures and restrictions.
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