San Diego Businesses Prepare To Reopen, Again
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Credit: Courtesy of Eric Christiansen
Outdoor dining, haircuts, mani-pedis and tattoos are all once again available to San Diego customers.
Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the state's two-month-old stay-at-home order Monday, saying that computer modeling shows a continued downward trend in cases of COVID-19, as well as a drop in hospitalizations and ICU occupancy.
Lori Weisberg, who covers the tourism and hospitality industries for The San Diego Union-Tribune, talked with KPBS Midday Edition about the uneven effect of the shut-down on businesses. Fine dining establishments, she noted, essentially had to "hibernate" and wait it out, while take-out restaurants fared better.
Weisberg said models are showing that intensive care capacity in Southern California will reach 33% a month from now. The stay-at-home order was given when it reached just 15%.
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