Bay Area businesses respond to plans to reopen California on June 15, prepare for events

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – June 15 is the date business owners count down.

After a year and a month of an empty room, the general manager of The Pearl in San Francisco finally has something to look forward to.

“Everyone we’ve hosted events like weddings or corporate events for is holding their breath for the opportunity to come back,” said Jon Larner, Managing Director of The Pearl. “So this definitive line in the sand gives us the opportunity to definitely contact them and say ‘we can organize your event’.”

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March 6, 2020 was the last time an event was held inside The Pearl. They were able to survive thanks to the PPE loans. But Larner says their rooftop patio will be their saving grace as consumer confidence begins to build.

Larner expects a long road to personal recovery to come, but that the industry will come back in full swing.

“It’s going to take months, if not years,” Larner said. “I think we’re going to bounce back in the hospitality industry. We’re going to bounce back quickly. I think the demand is massive. People used that phrase, ‘we’re going back to the roaring twenties. “”

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Full reopening depends on a sufficient supply of vaccines for Californians aged 16 and over to get vaccinated, and stable or low hospitalization rates for COVID-19.

“We estimate that about 50% of small businesses in San Francisco have closed their doors temporarily or permanently. It remains to be seen how many of them will fully return, ”said Rodney Fong, president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

In the financial district of San Francisco, many buildings remain empty. Tony Marcell, partner of the Wayfare Tavern, hopes this announcement will change soon.

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“About 20 people who needed a meeting, or 30 to 40 people who needed a meeting or had a working conference. These are all parts of that critical mass,” Marcell said. “We want them all to come in.”

With the resumption of indoor and outdoor meals, they hope to finally be able to breathe this summer.

“We have enough help from the government until August. That leaves us, in my head, about 6 weeks apart before we really feel like we see a bigger flow of bodies entering the city,” Marcell said.

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