AB 61 and SB 314 extend extended outdoor catering operations as part of regulatory pandemic relief, SB 389 allows continued sale of take-out alcoholic beverages
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October 10, 2021 – OAKLAND – Wishing to support California’s nation-leading recovery, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation last Friday building on the state’s successful adaptations to the pandemic and unprecedented support for hard-hit small businesses, including measures that allow restaurants to continue to benefit from take-out alcoholic beverage sales and expanded outdoor dining opportunities.
âThese innovative strategies have been a lifeline for restaurants hit hard during the pandemic and today we maintain the entrepreneurial spirit so that businesses can continue to create exciting new opportunities and support vibrant neighborhoods across the country. across the state. â said Governor Newsom, who signed the law at an Oakland restaurant today. âCalifornia will continue to apply the lessons learned during the pandemic to support our ongoing recovery and strengthen our ability to face future challenges head-on. “
The administration took steps during the pandemic to allow restaurants and bars to expand their outdoor activities into areas such as sidewalks and parking lots. AB 61 by Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) and SB 314 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) give companies that have temporarily expanded their premises as part of this regulatory relief a grace period of one year after the end of the emergency to request permanent expansion. Announcing the extended regulatory relief in June, Governor Newsom urged local governments to facilitate alfresco dining through local zoning and programs that support and promote expanded outdoor, take-out and delivery options.
Governor Newsom signs COVID-19 recovery legislation at Oakland restaurant.
âNeighborhood restaurants are the backbone of communities across California, but too many of them are hanging by a thread. ” said Assembly member Gabriel. âAl fresco dining has been a vital lifeline that has helped these establishments keep their doors open during these difficult times. AB 61 offers significant flexibility so that restaurants can safely expand outdoor dining and continue to serve the communities they call home. I commend Governor Newsom for his thoughtful leadership in protecting public health and small business as we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. “
“Al fresco dining is a popular and successful change in the era of the pandemic that the state’s small businesses – and their customers – are passionate about maintaining.” noted Senator Wiener. âThe SB 314 ensures that the public can continue to enjoy alfresco dining with alcohol and that our little one neighborhood businesses can continue to benefit from this change. The hospitality industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, and it is important that we make changes to modernize our entertainment and hospitality laws to allow them more flexibility and more ways to serve customers safely. . I am delighted that this legislation is now the law, and I want to thank Governor Newsom for supporting small businesses. “
SB 389 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) allows restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries that sell food to offer take-out alcoholic beverages with food orders until December 31, 2026. The legislation is based on the regulatory relief from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announcement by the governor in June who extended the sale of take-out alcoholic beverages with food deliveries until the end of the year. Signature message for SB 389 can be found here.
“This is an important step to help our restaurants, which have been severely affected by the pandemic”, said the senator Dodd. âThis will ensure their recovery, protecting jobs and our economy. I thank Governor Newsom for supporting this new law.
Throughout the pandemic, Governor Newsom has taken swift action to help small businesses, including a $ 4 billion investment creating the nation’s largest small business assistance grant program; $ 6.2 billion tax relief for small businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans; and license renewal fee waivers for heavily affected businesses such as restaurants and hair salons.
“Governor Newsom’s leadership at the onset of the pandemic, including regulatory relief from ABC, was essential for so many neighborhood restaurants still trying to hang on.” said Jot Condie, CEO and President of the California Restaurant Association. âAssembly Member Gabriel (AB 61) and Senators Dodd (SB 389) and Wiener (SB 314) provided legislative leadership to help California and caterers remain nimble in terms of additional options to serve the safe public. The road to restaurant recovery will be a long one, and the importance of these measures taken together will remain a critical component in helping restaurants get back on their feet, re-employ large numbers of Californians, and continue to serve the public safely. “
Strengthening the state’s preparedness for a pandemic, the governor today signed additional measures that expand the services that a variety of healthcare professionals can provide to patients, including bills authorizing optometrists, dentists and physicians. Chiropodists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations and tests and legislation allowing pharmacists to administer a wider range of vaccinations and tests. Legislation is based on urgency action taken by the state to increase the health workforce supporting the state’s response to the pandemic.
Below is the full list of today’s invoices:
- AB 61 by Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Business relief in the event of a pandemic.
- AB 407 by Assembly Member Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Optometry: Assistants and Scope of Practice.
- AB 526 by Assembly Member Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Dentists and Podiatrists: Clinical Laboratories and Vaccines.
- AB 691 by Assembly Member Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) – Optometry: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccinations: SARS-CoV-2 clinical laboratory tests or examinations.
- AB 1064 By Assembly Member Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) – Pharmacy Practice: Vaccines: Independent Initiation and Administration.
- SB 314 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Alcoholic beverages.
- SB 389 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Alcoholic Beverages: Retail License: Retail Privileges.
In addition, the Governor previously signed SB 409 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) – Pharmacy Practice: Testing.
For the full text of invoices, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
Source: Office of the Governor