It was just a couple of months ago that we were celebrating the end of 2019 and telling each other that 2020 was going to be better. But our new reality is here, and we all need to accept that our lives aren’t going to be quite the same for weeks, maybe months. The impact of extended shutdowns will affect every part of the economy, of course, but one of the hardest hit will be the hospitality industry.
New regulations went into effect across San Diego County at midnight on March 17, 2020, ordering the closure of all bars, breweries, wineries, tasting rooms and similar businesses that serve alcohol but not food. However, breweries are still allowed to manufacture beer and self-distribute through retail outlets, direct to consumer delivery, and to-go service. Likewise, restaurants must discontinue on-site dining, but can continue takeout, delivery and curb service. These laws are currently in effect until March 31, and can be extended.
So how do we support the brewers, cooks, dishwashers, servers, and all the other folks who pour our drinks and plate our food? We’ve run through some safe, practical options below, and as always, tip generously and thank profusely -- these are the front lines working hard to make our lives easier.