Inland Empire businesses and government officials reacted with frustration and resignation Thursday, Nov. 19, to news that Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a 10 p.m. curfew for counties hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, including the Inland region.

“It’s tough enough to try to operate a business outside,” said Mike Brewer, owner of The Sire Bar & Grill in Riverside, referring to existing restrictions on indoor dining.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 21, counties in the state’s purple tier will have to stop all non-essential work, movement and gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., under Newsom’s order. As of Monday, Nov. 16, 41 of the state’s 58 counties, including Los Angeles County and all of Southern California, are in the purple tier. Ninety-four percent of Californians live in purple-tier counties.

L.A. County had already set its own 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for bars, restaurants and related businesses on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

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Brewer said businesses like his serve people who work non-traditional hours, such as first responders.

“They have very limited options, as the evening progresses, to have sit-down meals,” he said. “We keep our kitchen open until midnight, and now with the curfew we won’t be able to do that, and these people are going to have less of an opportunity to get something to eat after they get off a third shift.”



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