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The California Restaurant Association submitted proposed reopening guidelines to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday. The association worked with health officials to craft a series of broad guidelines for counties and cities to fine-tune to their individual needs and circumstances. “Getting the restaurant industry back as quick as possible, safely as possible, is not just important for the restaurant owners hanging by a thread now — but really it’s for the financial health of the state of California,” California Restaurant Association CEO Jot Condie said. “The projection was anywhere between 20 and 30% were likely not going to be able to reopen or survive long-term. It could be north of that.”Condie explained restaurants in California are the top source of sales tax revenue for the state and local jurisdictions. The proposed guidelines include employees getting temperature scans and wearing face coverings. Tables are at least six feet apart or have a protection barrier and seat no more than 10 people. Having a phone reservation system to control capacity is another option for restaurants. Customers may have to sanitize hands upon entry, contactless payment may be prioritized, and may also wear face coverings. The guidelines also put pause to buffets and self-serve stations. Restaurants may have disposable menus and each table may come with hand sanitizer. The guidelines are moving the conversation forward, but it’s unknown whether they financially pencil out for restaurants, which need near-full capacity to pay employees and make a profit. Mezcal Grill opened its second location off Broadway in November. The restaurant is now offering takeout and would like to wait and see how other restaurants reopen for dine-in.“We were not expecting COVID-19, so it’s been surprising,” Mezcal Grill owner Enrique Valencia said. “The restaurant business is all about turning tables. So, I think we’re going to wait.” Bacon & Butter, which is off Broadway in Sacramento, just started offering takeout last week. “We have to figure out new ways of business in general. What is our equation to make profits?” Bacon & Butter owner Billy Zoellin said. Zoellin recently opened a second location off J Street and said one scenario may involve one location offering dine-in and the other offering takeout. “It’s an adaptation. Every day we’re learning what our problem is and taking steps to solve it,” Zoellin explained. “We’re learning how to walk again before we can actually invite our guests back in here.”Newsom said he plans to release restaurant reopening guidelines on Tuesday.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

The California Restaurant Association submitted proposed reopening guidelines to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday.

The association worked with health officials to craft a series of broad guidelines for counties and cities to fine-tune to their individual needs and circumstances.

“Getting the restaurant industry back as quick as possible, safely as possible, is not just important for the restaurant owners hanging by a thread now — but really it’s for the financial health of the state of California,” California Restaurant Association CEO Jot Condie said. “The projection was anywhere between 20 and 30% were likely not going to be able to reopen or survive long-term. It could be north of that.”

Condie explained restaurants in California are the top source of sales tax revenue for the state and local jurisdictions.

The proposed guidelines include employees getting temperature scans and wearing face coverings. Tables are at least six feet apart or have a protection barrier and seat no more than 10 people.

Having a phone reservation system to control capacity is another option for restaurants.

Customers may have to sanitize hands upon entry, contactless payment may be prioritized, and may also wear face coverings.

The guidelines also put pause to buffets and self-serve stations. Restaurants may have disposable menus and each table may come with hand sanitizer.

The guidelines are moving the conversation forward, but it’s unknown whether they financially pencil out for restaurants, which need near-full capacity to pay employees and make a profit.

Mezcal Grill opened its second location off Broadway in November. The restaurant is now offering takeout and would like to wait and see how other restaurants reopen for dine-in.

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“We were not expecting COVID-19, so it’s been surprising,” Mezcal Grill owner Enrique Valencia said. “The restaurant business is all about turning tables. So, I think we’re going to wait.”

Bacon & Butter, which is off Broadway in Sacramento, just started offering takeout last week.

“We have to figure out new ways of business in general. What is our equation to make profits?” Bacon & Butter owner Billy Zoellin said.

Zoellin recently opened a second location off J Street and said one scenario may involve one location offering dine-in and the other offering takeout.

“It’s an adaptation. Every day we’re learning what our problem is and taking steps to solve it,” Zoellin explained. “We’re learning how to walk again before we can actually invite our guests back in here.”

Newsom said he plans to release restaurant reopening guidelines on Tuesday.

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