Restaurants react to the first weekend of Stay at Home Order

Restaurants react to the first weekend of Stay at Home Order
Posted at 12:15 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 03:17:51-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — It is day two of the new stay-at-home order that will prohibit all non-essential activities and work from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Many restaurants and bars share with 23ABC if the order has impacted them, and if they plan to follow it.

Wiki's Wine Dive and Grill in Southwest Bakersfield says they saw business slow down due to the order.

"Right now, we are looking at doing last call at 10 p.m., and the only days we are concerned about is Friday and Saturday, said Michael Earhart owner of Wiki’s." I'm not going to lock the doors at 10 p.m. and just say get out of here."

Earheart shares that they have not received any communication from local or state officials regarding the order and believe it should be the state's responsibility.

He adds that there are other solutions to ensure public safety, besides the order.

"I think it would be better if they would police the action instead. If you have too many people, go in write a ticket, and handle it that way," said Earheart. "And if that doesn't work double the ticket next time "

Wiki’s isn't the only restaurant taking the stay at home order day-by-day.

The BottleShock Wine Bar located off of 19th St. says if they do decide to close at 10 p.m. it will hurt them financially.

"We really don’t have an idea of what we are going to do," said Shelby Gerber, owner of Bottleshock.

"Of course we are conscious of what’s going on and have been working through this the entire time. We sanitize, wash, and make sure everyone is socially distanced."

The order is scheduled to remain in place until December 21, but restaurants fear it could lasts longer.