Morgan owners hill restaurant and city officials said they were left scrambling and confused after the Department of state control of alcoholic beverages, said on Friday business in the main commercial city of the band that they could no longer offer outdoors.

The officer’s orders conflict with County and state health rules that allow outdoor caterers in the County of Santa Clara until certain procedures, including social distancing, used to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Morgan hill mayor rich Constantine, having learned of the crackdown from the city Manager, around 9 PM on Friday. “As local government, we have so much in the dark as our restaurant owners, which is not the situation we want to be,” he said.

Press Secretary office of the alcoholic beverages John Carr said the Department was initiated on the fourth of July state of law enforcement alcohol but little detail. “Agents across the state met with the owners of the licensed areas to ensure compliance with the alcoholic beverage laws and orders of the public health,” he wrote in an email. “ABC emphasizes education over enforcement in most cases and the vast majority of owners voluntarily executed after meeting with the agents of ABC.”

This is in contrast to the report from the officials of Morgan hill and the restaurant owners themselves. The city estimates, there are around 15 companies said to have closed, or that they and their customers can face fines beginning Saturday.

Chris Provini Manager Ladera grill on Friday night, when he said two armed and uniformed agents came in wearing bullet-proof vests.

“It wasn’t a discussion,” he said. “They said, ‘We hate to be the bearer of bad news,” before telling him the restaurant could no longer keep its patio open for dinner.

Like most restaurants in downtown Morgan hill, Ladera grill offers dining from early June. Although outdoor tables usually have only 20% of the seats, the grill managed to do about 60% of its normal income. It was a game-changer for the restaurant, which lost almost$ 500,000 and since the pandemic began, according to owner Dan McCranie. “It was all wonderful. Now I get the two guys ABC informs us that we are in violation of the rules and regulations,” said McCranie. “In fact, we’re not breaking any rules and regulations. I don’t know what it is, but it’s at least not true”.

Calls to two other restaurants along Monterrey road confirmed that they had the same noticed.

The biggest problem, McCranie and Konstantin say, is the lack of clear communication from the state. According to Constantine, no city or County was warned ahead of time. He also says that the performance was uneven, as the agents visited only restaurants in Morgan hill and Gilroy. (Officials in Gilroy and the County of Santa Clara was not immediately available for comment.)

Brian Ferguson, the press Secretary of the Governor’s office of emergency services, he refused to go into details about any specific enforcement actions, but to push the idea that it is unusual for States to act unilaterally. Instead, he repeated the comment of Governor Gavin Newsom earlier last week to tighten controls across the state.

“Of course, the outreach work will continue as we go forward,” said Ferguson. “The goal is not to close people.”

It’s not like a message from ABC, said McCranie, who decided to keep his court was open, despite the Friday night to visit. He understood that the restaurant is not violating any orders health. “I can have these two guys come in and have closed,” he said. “Or I can observe what I believe the rules of the earth.”On Saturday, his staff informed the visitors about the possibility of penalties, but they didn’t seem embarrassed, he said.

Constantine and his team were trying to get answers on Saturday from the state about what happened and why.

“(The restaurants) rests on the skin of their teeth,” said Constantine. “To try and do this right now, it’s really a shame, and it gives license to the people who are protesting against the wearing of masks, which are protesting against social distancing. This gives them the right to say, ‘See, they don’t even know what they are doing’”.

Wide coronavirus picture in California is still grim. State health officials reported Saturday what 5,595 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized as of Friday, the 15th day of the State contract with a new record. Nine Bay area was the 600th of death from COVID-19, and one San Quentin prisoner has died: now Michael Cary, 59, who is on death row, died in hospital on Saturday from what authorities say was COVID complication. That follows the deaths of two others sentenced to death on Friday.

Ryan coast state of San Francisco chronicle writer. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @RyanKost

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