Numerous businesses in Carlsbad Town are taking a stand versus the state’s Regional Stay-at-home order. A group of dining establishment owners are seating in-person restaurants as a serene protest.
“This is not a political move. It has absolutely nothing to do with us attempting to go against Gavin Newsom and the government. It is simply to save our services and to attend to our staff members so they can attend to their households,” stated Annie Rammel, an owner of OAK + Elixir White Wine Beer Restaurant in Carlsbad Village.
She said on Sunday she and her staff prepared to close shop and said they’re good-byes.
The Regional Stay-at-home order, which prohibits in-person dining, worked Monday. It will last a minimum of three weeks, but Rammel stated she is worried it will last a lot longer considering that San Diego County belongs to the Southern California area, that includes larger counties, like Los Angeles, who have less ICU capacity than San Diego County.
“I was crying. It was ravaging. They (staff members) stated merry Christmas and I just kept thinking, this is not a merry Christmas, so I began to walk to dining establishments to see if anybody else felt the method I felt,” discussed Rammel.
She stated she gathered more than 30 regional company owner who all accepted keep their doors open. About 15 of them published indications in front of their patio areas that read, “This area is being utilized as a tranquil protest to protect the rights of restaurants and little organizations”.
Rammel stated Carlsbad authorities talked to her Friday night, the opening night they resumed for in-person dining. “They didn’t say anything, they simply offered us a box of masks and an informational sheet to be social distancing, to clean our hands and wear masks.”
She stated the recommendations she got are safety protocols she and her staff have been practicing for months.
“I know that there are a lot of people who disagree with what we’re doing, however I believe if they was accountable for workers that weren’t able to put food on their tables, they ‘d make the exact same decision I’m making,” said Rammel.
Rammel stated she is grateful for those who are supporting her choice.
“Thank you for assisting me save my service. This is what you see, people desire to live their life and we have the right to make that choice,” Rammel stated as she pointed to her full outdoor patio.
San Diego County sheriff’s deputies were seen patrolling the area by cars and truck and foot Saturday night. NBC 7 connected to the County of San Diego and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, but did not get a response since Saturday at 11:30 p.m.
Published at Sun, 13 Dec 2020 07:52:30 +0000