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With California left behind on indoor dining, here’s what Bay Area restaurants can hope for next

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To the surprise of some in the restaurant industry, San Francisco on Tuesday failed to secure state permission to reopen limited-capacity indoor dining, with the county falling short on one of three key metrics to move to a higher Covid tier.

With other states, including New York, recently relaxing restrictions and permitting the return of some indoor dining as infections fall, California appears to stand alone as the only state in the U.S. where indoor dining remains effectively off-limits. While a handful of rural counties are in the red and orange tiers and can allow indoor dining, as of Tuesday, 99.8% of the state’s population lives in purple-tier counties where only outdoor dining, takeout and delivery are permitted.

So how close are we?

To move from purple into the red tier — which allows indoor dining at 25% capacity — counties need an adjusted case rate of between 4 and 7, a test positivity rate between 5% and 8%, and a health equity metric between 5.3% and 8%. They must meet all three — and hold those numbers for two weeks straight before they can move up.

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Behind Davis restaurant’s uplifting community support, a family grieves

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DAVIS, Calif. — In the wake of a tragedy, the Davis community has shown an outpouring of support for a family — and local business — in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine, a staple in Downtown Davis, has been closed throughout the pandemic. Samir Abughannam, better known around town as Sam, had closed the restaurant indefinitely after his wife, Sue, had fallen ill and later passed away from leukemia on Dec. 20.

Sue and Sam have run the restaurant together since 1995. Compounding on the substantial loss of a loved one, Sam was left with back rent on the building where his restaurant sits.

So, not knowing where else to go, Sam turned to the Davis community with overwhelming results.

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Coronavirus: Vacaville City Council to consider finalization of outdoor dining program

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Following the discussion last meeting to open up parking lots and on-street parking spaces for outdoor dining, the Vacaville City Council will consider authorizing a plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

The plan, intended to allow restaurants to maintain their capacity while still providing enough space for diners to sit 6 feet apart, seeks to expand outdoor dining options and to temporarily suspend parking requirements to allow for privately owned lots, courtyards and other open spaces to be utilized for dining.

According to a staff report by Tim Padden, economic development manager, the proposal is in response to the decline in revenue for restaurants following the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders.

“The pandemic has caused an unfortunate economic downturn for many Vacaville businesses,” he wrote. “Economists have estimated that nearly sixty percent of job losses during this pandemic have come from food and hospitality businesses.”

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