SAN FRANCISCO — Excessive frustration for companies in San Francisco continues as town stays on the state’s COVID-19 watch listing with no sign of ending.
For companies like salons and pubs, this can be the ultimate push that forces them out of enterprise.
The out of doors area at McCarthy’s Pub on West Portal is what’s saving them proper now. However with smoke polluting the air and wet winters not far behind, Eileen McCarthy has issues.
“How lengthy is that this going to be sustainable?” McCarthy mentioned. “The out of doors area that I’ve, I’m actually fortunate to have it, actually grateful to have it, but it surely’s an terrible lot of additional work.”
This week alone, she’s needed to shut early due to the extraordinary smoke.
“It was actually like snow, the ash coming down,” McCarthy mentioned.
Eileen has owned McCarthy’s for seven years and was an worker for 15 years earlier than that. By no means in her time there did she suppose she’d should take her patrons’ temperature earlier than they ordered a drink and rework the again alley right into a eating room. However it’s what she has to do for her enterprise to outlive.
“It’s simply the unknown. It could be quite a bit simpler for us if we had some concept of once we’re about to return inside simply restricted, secure, distances inside…It’s irritating to suppose that there’s nothing, there’s no gentle on the finish of the tunnel. We’re not transferring ahead in any method.”
San Francisco hair stylist Debra Kwan shares Eileen’s frustration and says salons are getting minimal steering from the state.
“We’re extraordinarily involved,” Kwan mentioned. “There’s already been extreme monetary ramifications for us simply attempting to maintain enterprise.”
Proper now, Debra says stylists are allowed to conduct enterprise outdoors, however in a really restricted capability. Solely so-called dry haircuts are allowed, which suggests, “No chemical work, no colours, no shampoos, no blow drys,” Kwan mentioned.
“That’s not a livable wage for us…We extremely possible will lose our enterprise as a result of we can not afford to proceed to pay our rents, to proceed to maintain, to deliver all of our credit into jeopardy. We are able to’t do it anymore.”
Debra says, not having the ability to go to work each day is not only about doing magnificence providers for her purchasers.
“It’s the interplay, us having the ability to decompress with one another and speak a bit of about our lives, and being robust members of the group. That’s what we miss essentially the most.” And if there was ever a time to vent about life whereas getting your hair lower or over a drink on the native pub, many would argue, that point is now.