San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday and mulled a resolution that would encourage grocery stores in the city to give an additional $5 to their employees for every hour of work as hazard pay amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The bonus payment would stay in effect as long as San Francisco remains in the purple, red, or orange tier of restrictions. However, the increase is only a resolution and not law, meaning employers would not be required to provide the benefit but only requested.
Previously, the California Grocers Association has been upset when it was suggested that they should pay their frontline workers more due to the risk that they face every day. The president of the group, Ron Fong, warned that the increased pay would result in unintended consequences such as the rise of product prices.
Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said that the Bay Area’s new stay-at-home order would be extended beyond the initial deadline of January 8. The order was implemented in areas where intensive care unit capacity dropped below 15%.
While most people bear with only having takeout and delivery meals, Bay Area casino visitors can experience indoor dining at restaurants that operate normally, such as Tony’s Gemignani’s namesake, Tony’s of North Beach.
County officials also shut down Danville’s Incontro Ristorante due to alleged health order violations after fining the establishment thousands of dollars and causing concern among neighboring restaurants.
A group of Monterey County restaurant owners said that authorities were abusing them by violating their Constitutional rights through the public health orders which restricted their operations, San Francisco Eater reported.
“We have picked a handful of favorites that we feel we really could not live without and try to order from one of them each week and rotate through a couple of our secondary choices each month too,” local food writer Houston Porter recommended in trying to support local restaurants struggling amid the pandemic.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a new program that would waive up to $5 million in fees to help the city’s restaurants and other small businesses remain afloat despite the economic effects of the health crisis.