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Seriously, Picnic Tables-That's the help for restaurants?

Original post made by twoshort, Another Mountain View Neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2020

Airports are always Open
Interstate Highways are always Open
Intrastate Highways are always Open
Beaches are Open
Farmers Market is Open
Protests are always Open
No Quarantines for out of city, county or out of state travelers.

How easy/possible is it to sit at or sanitize a picnic table anyways?.... and why can't you sit at a picnic table table and have an alcoholic beverage and something to eat with the friends you have been with for the last 100 days? The street should be open A la Carte & Art style or Mountain View Art & Wine Festival style with masks, except for eating and beverage consumption at a socially distant table. Tables are not shared with strangers. Get back to the 6-10 seat plastic banquet tables.

Restaurants and bars will not survive with picnic stables and no alcoholic beverage service. And the future of 50% Occupancy or less is certainly not sustainable.

The micro managing by Sara Cody and MVCC when the barn door is already open is regressive at best.

I feel bad... the restaurants will/have ignored the rules and nobody will enforce any guidelines, the whole situation is FUBAR. Local business is completely befuddled with guideline hypocrisy, you can shop at Home Depot in the morning, shop at Traders Joe's in the afternoon and protest with hundreds of your closest strangers without masks or social distancing in the evening.... and then go to dinner with Grandma on Castro street. She'd like a glass of wine but that is not possible. How is this situation helping anyone?

Comments (3)

Posted by Informed reader
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Calm down and wait a few days, you may see something completely different. Negotiations are underway.

- This configuration isn't what the downtown restaurants had wanted; they're pressing for changes.

- The restaurateurs strongly prefer "designated" over open seating. Many would also like to use their own tables.

- The "no alcohol" rule derives from the open-seating format. State "ABC" rules license individual establishments and "their" seating.

- This is an effort to do something pragmatic meeting both existing regulatory constraints and Covid rules.

- Seriously: Calm down and wait a few days, it will all probably evolve.

Posted by Scariest Words
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2020 at 4:37 pm

I'm from the government and here to help.

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 25, 2020 at 6:52 pm

Even more scarier words:

I am sorry to inform you but your loved one has passed away from COVID and it was preventable.

People acted in such a way the got them infected via attempts to restart businesses.


This is the decision being made here. Maybe you should think about that?

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