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Local wine and spirits business owners react to Governor Newsom's order to close all bars and wineries

Posted at 7:32 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 22:55:45-04

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a major blow for a number of industries here on the Central Coast Sunday afternoon.

In a press conference, Newsom called for the closure of all bars, wineries, nightclubs, and similar establishments effective immediately.

Local business owners said they are fearful and uncertain of what lies ahead.

“It’s a sole proprietorship and we’re living from hand to mouth,” said Stephen Autry, the owner of Autry Cellars in San Luis Obispo.

Autry added that he understands the concern from the public and government and is on board with taking precautionary measures, but questions how his business will survive.

“A week or two is devastating, anything more than that, we don’t exist,” said Autry.

Gov. Newsom said the measures are in place to protect the most vulnerable and added that they are appropriate under the circumstances.

Some customers, however, said it's not the right move for the state.

“I don’t think its really going to do anything, I think its going to make a lot of people stuck at home really sad,” said Devon Scott, a San Luis Obispo resident.

Restaurants are also being asked to make some adjustments. Gov. Newsom recommended they cut customer occupancy in half and space out tables and chairs.

“If he can say we can’t do business then we’re not gonna pay taxes or rent and we’re not gonna do anything else, unless he has a way for us to do that,” said Autry.

Gov. Newsom did not say how long he wants these restrictions in place.