SAN FRANCISCO – On the steps of San Francisco Metropolis Corridor, small enterprise homeowners, notably those that run gyms and hair salons got here out to protest the present COVID-19 restrictions, saying they should open up now to have an opportunity at survival.
“We haven’t had any enterprise, we’ve had a couple of 80 p.c loss,” stated Michael Jigalin proprietor of Jigalin Health.
Across the metropolis, it’s arduous to overlook the ‘For Lease’ indicators and plywood on home windows. In accordance with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 1300 small companies should not in operation proper now.
“Earlier than the pandemic, we had been actually a couple of 7 p.c industrial emptiness fee, a 7 p.c storefront emptiness fee in San Francisco – that 7 p.c has skyrocketed to over 50 p.c,” says Jay Cheng, public coverage director for the Chamber.
Whereas not closed, Sharkey Laguana, proprietor of Bandago, an organization that rents touring vans to bands, has seen his enterprise fall off a cliff.
“We’ve been capable of make up a little bit little bit of what we’ve misplaced, simply by catering to a unique market, however most of our enterprise has collapsed, as a result of our key demographic was the music trade,” stated Laguana. “We’re working about 30 p.c of the place we had been final 12 months,”
Laguana says how lengthy he continues to hold his shingle, is dependent upon the banks.
“It’s not sustainable over the long term, ultimately they’ll pull the plug they usually as is most frequently the case with companies, is our lenders. So, proper now I work for the banks.”
At Tuesday’s protest, enterprise homeowners had been asking that reopenings not be primarily based on sector, per state pointers, however on a case-by-case foundation.
“Issues haven’t gotten simpler to do enterprise in San Francisco, even via the pandemic and I don’t suppose people they’ve gotten the help they want from elected officers from the federal, state or native degree,” stated Cheng.