SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Outcry over the ban on outdoor dining continues to grow.
Now, some elected officials in San Francisco will hold an emergency meeting next week to request that public health officials explain the reasons clearly.
Parklets are empty on 18th Street in Potrero Hill as outdoor eating has been suspended due to the new health policy.
On Tuesday, an emergency hearing in San Francisco’s board of directors will vote on a resolution calling on the state to make the reasons for the ban more transparent – and to urge it to consider reopening as soon as possible.
It’s something that Supervisor Matt Haney supports.
“And we also need to talk about how this can lead to people going in and doing riskier activities,” Haney said. “Everything I’ve seen has shown that the riskiest thing you can do to get this virus is to be around other people, especially in gatherings. I haven’t seen any data at all to show this in the open air, especially with one or more two other people eating, we’re taking a walk in a park, adding to the spread at all. “
The ban on eating outdoors is being rolled back in many places across the state.
On Friday, a group of Sacramento lawmakers signed a letter to Alcoholic Beverage Control to stop enforcing the ban immediately after a San Diego Supreme Court judge ruled that district leaders should stop enforcing it.
The owner of a Martinez bar and restaurant is one of several establishments suing Contra Costa County for enforcing the ban in front of the state last week. He says he couldn’t just make it take away and had to lay off staff.
“Now I just have to cook. I went to five employees by two and one is a single mother. How should she pay her bills? She has to pay rent, she’s a little kid, my business is like others, it’s like a family that we’re here to take care of each other, ”said Corey Katz. “And how can I take care of my family when I’m handcuffed?”
However, the UCSF epidemiology professor says there is science behind the ban.
“People take off their masks, they have to take off their masks to eat and drink. And if you mix households there are transmission risks, ”he said. “If you want to go out on what your household is, OK, I could think of something like that. But with 52,000 cases reported yesterday yesterday, this is a time for less compromise and unfortunately not for more compromise. ”