The brand new shelter-at-home order is in full drive in Contra Costa County, out of doors eating has ended and hair and nail salons at the moment are closed. However some small companies are preventing again.
Enterprise house owners, together with the proprietor of Crumbs Restaurant in Danville, say they plan to defy the order and reopen to remain afloat.
“Take out is about 10% of our enterprise,” mentioned Amy Sidhom. “We will’t pay our hire on 10% of enterprise. We will’t pay our folks, we are able to’t pay our distributors.”
Sidhom mentioned she merely received’t be capable to survive for lengthy underneath the brand new shutdown order. So she, together with about 20 different downtown Danville eating places, plan to reopen for out of doors eating this week.
“We’re going to open distanced outdoors similar to earlier than. And we really feel our prospects and group members have a alternative to return or to not come,” she mentioned.
Some companies by no means even shut down. There was a gentle stream of individuals going out and in of Danville’s Health 19 fitness center. The fitness center’s already been hit with a $250 high quality from the county however stays open for exercises and prospects say they’re grateful
“Bodily exercise makes you are feeling higher and overcomes the sensation of being remoted, the melancholy that comes with that,” mentioned fitness center member Ted Johnson.
The proprietor of Martinez’s Bar Cava mentioned he too will reopen. He’s contemplating a artistic answer that he believes stays throughout the order, opening up outdoors for personal spiritual worship.
“I would open a personal membership temple so folks can come pray referred to as ‘French Laundry Temple of Martinez,’” mentioned Corey Katz. “Take all denominations, all religions, two drink minimal for membership.”
As enterprise house owners grappled with what to do, a gaggle of ladies held up indicators and handed out fliers in downtown Danville in the present day urging folks to get behind small enterprise.
“At what level do we are saying now we have nothing left to return to.” mentioned resident Cheryl Keden. “There will likely be nothing to open, there will likely be nothing left to open. We’ve got to face up, now we have to battle, we can’t wait.”
In the meantime. the county says it should proceed issuing fines and the board of supervisors says they’ll focus on growing penalties at their assembly Tuesday.