OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County is at the moment within the orange-moderate unfold tier, however well being officers say they anticipate a transfer backward right into a extra restrictive tier quickly as new COVID instances soar.
That warning has many companies questioning if they will survive yet one more shut-down.
Alameda’s beloved Ole’s Waffle Store has been round for 93 years. They’ve had indoor eating for just a little over a month, however proprietor Ken Monize fears one other spherical of shutdowns and restrictions will imply the top of his household restaurant.
“We’re on the level the place it doesn’t make sense anymore,” Monize stated .
Monize and his spouse says they haven’t laid off a single employee because the pandemic began, and even offered their retirement property to maintain all 40 of their workers.
“What we’ve carried out is to try to maintain our households, which is our staff,” stated Monize.
Throughout the road, Alameda Bicycle proprietor Gene Oh, whose household has run this store for greater than 30 yr is anxious.
“We’re fortunate our gross sales are up however the Park Road district is all concerning the vibrancy of the road, and after we lose eating places, we lose the vibrancy and foot visitors which hurts all of us,” stated Oh.
The excessive demand for bicycles in the course of the pandemic allowed Oh to rent extra staff and even give raises. Nevertheless it’s the looming restrictions that has this tightly-knit enterprise neighborhood questioning how lengthy can they maintain on.
“There are days while you say to your self that’s it I’m carried out and different days while you suppose I don’t know we are able to plow forward,” stated The Native proprietor Otto Wright.
“In the event that they have been to shut once more, we’re most likely speaking about half the eating places on Park Road which are on the brink,” stated Oh.
Indoor eating at 25% capability has given Ole’s Waffle Store a combating probability, however one other pause will imply a everlasting goodbye for this man, who has carried out issues the proper means.
“In the event that they shut us down once more I’m going to lock the doorways and that’s it. We’re on the finish of the highway right here,” stated Monize.
Well being officers say if present an infection tendencies proceed, that might transfer the county all the best way again into the purple wide-spread tier, which might imply much more restrictions for companies.