California parklets, take-out cocktails here to stay after Governor Newsom signs COVID recovery bill for bars and restaurants

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ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) – Governor Newsom has signed a COVID-19 stimulus package that helps bars and restaurants in California, allowing them to keep parklets open and continue to take out cocktails.

Newson signed Senate Bill 314 at an Oakland restaurant. The legislation, co-authored by San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener, grants businesses with parks, officially known as Temporary Expanded Premises, a one-year grace period to request permanent expansion. .

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Bar and restaurant owners say the alfresco meals and drinks provided by the spaces have given them a chance to weather the worst of the pandemic.

The governor also highlighted his plan to return to California, which supports small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic. The plan includes a $ 4 billion investment creating the country’s largest small business assistance grant program, $ 6.2 billion in tax relief for small businesses that have received loans from the Business Protection Program. paychecks, as well as pandemic regulatory relief and license renewal fee waivers for heavily affected businesses.

“I just signed 3 invoices that will ensure these great additions to CA restaurant life are here to stay – and that we are doing all we can to support restaurants as we recover from COVID,” Newsom tweeted on Friday.

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