SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California Alcoholic Beverage Control officials say five Sacramento-area restaurants were among those cited for continuing to allow indoor dining over the Fourth of July weekend.

ABC was directed to visit dozens of locations from July 3-5 to check and see if health orders due to the coronavirus were being enforced.

Statewide, a total of 5,822 businesses were contacted by ABC agents. Of those, 52 were issued citations.

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The following Sacramento-area businesses were issued citations for allowing indoor dining: El Burrito Taqueria on Natomas Boulevard in Sacramento, La Fiesta Taqueria on Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights, Clubhouse Bar & Grill on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael, Players Sports Pub & Grill on Sunrise Boulevard in Fair Oaks, and Taqueria Garibaldi on Howe Avenue in Sacramento.

Six citations were also issued Solano County, while Stanislaus saw two businesses cited.

More businesses were contacted this past weekend, but ABC did not have the numbers yet.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that bars will have to stop all operations as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to rise. Indoor dining at all restaurants is also being ordered to cease.

Restaurants can still stay open for takeout.

Comments (5)
  1. eva.g says:

    Any business who is fined won’t get my money. If they don’t care about public safety I don’t care about giving them my business!

  2. XYZ says:

    That’s all well and fine, but you “journalists” need to check the stats given by hopsitals that their ICU’s are full and covid-cases are thru the roof, cuz from the folks that workd there and are afraid to talk, that just aint so, in fact, they are hurting for “business”, and there is a HUGE incentive for their admin to inflates covid cases. Okay…. yeah, follow the money. Not saying there isn’t an increase, but not to this level.

    1. eva.g says:

      XYZ “Not saying there isn’t an increase, but not to this level.” What are you basing that statement on? Where is YOUR data source of hospital numbers since you think you know so much!

  3. Ed.S says:

    The facts are that between the hospitals in Sacramento and Davis they are close to capacity of ICU beds at 421 in use of 508 available.

  4. unherd says:

    According to the California Emergency Services Act (ESA) Section 8558-b: a state of emergency can only be called if the threat overwhelms the current resources of the state.

    Furthermore, the state of emergency has to be terminated at the earliest possible date. Section 8558 (b) “State of emergency” means the duly proclaimed existence of conditions of disaster or of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the state caused by such conditions as air pollution, fire, flood, storm, epidemic, riot, drought, sudden and severe energy shortage, plant or animal infestation or disease, the Governor’s warning of an California Emergency Services Act 4 California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services earthquake or volcanic prediction, or an earthquake, or other conditions, other than conditions resulting from a labor controversy or conditions causing a “state of war emergency,” which, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat.

    THUS: A state of emergency related to public health can only be declared if the threat overwhelms the response capabilities of California’s health care practitioners

    Thousands of healthcare workers are being furloughed in California, so there is zero evidence of grounds for this state of emergency based on public health.

    There is no “threat that overwhelms the current resources of the state” since California has about 7,881 ICU beds. Based on best available data, we estimate that 38% (2,994) are currently occupied by non-COVID patients. Of the 4,887 ICU beds remaining, 2,110 are needed by COVID cases, or 43% of available beds. This suggests there is likely enough capacity to absorb a wave of new COVID infections.

    Therefore, covid-19 cannot lawfully be classified as an “epidemic”. An epidemic is when there are disproportionately large numbers experiencing an outbreak of a disease. There is no evidence of this in California.

    Therefore, the basis for the State of Emergency is invalid and unlawful (see section 8558 b). As we have clearly seen here in California, with the virus fatalities, they are approximately 1/3 of the typical fatalities for a regular seasonal flu.

    Therefore, our state resources are not overwhelmed.

    Therefore the state of emergency should have been terminated according to California law, which states, at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant.

    Therefore there are no legal grounds for an additional extension or a new state of emergency to be declared.

    Thus, according to California law, the grounds for the state of emergency do not exist.

    Therefore, the current state of emergency in California is invalid and unlawful.

    Regarding the length of the state of emergency, the law is murky. For the declaration of local emergencies, a governing body is required to renew the state of emergency after 30 days. For a state-wide declaration of state of emergency, whereby the state is controlling the food and pharmaceuticals, the orders expire after 60 days. § 8627.5.

    The temporary suspension of any statute, ordinance, regulation, or rule shall remain in effect until the order or regulation is rescinded by the Governor, the Governor proclaims the termination of the state of emergency, or for a period of 60 days, whichever occurs first.

    (Section 8567(b): Whenever the state of war emergency or state of emergency has been terminated, the orders and regulations shall be of no further force or effect.

    This means that all of the orders that were created under the State of Emergency are also expired, including but not limited to: stay at home order, social distancing, wearing of masks, closing of businesses and schools, etc.

    Note: There are countless reports of other state’s legislative bodies extending or denying their state of emergency declaration, but why nothing from California?

    I would like to know what the lawmakers are doing to address this invalid and unlawful state of emergency declaration.

    CDC guidance is a recommendation, not statuary law and no one can be legally cited/fined/jailed for not wearing a mask, business staying open, not distancing as there is no law being broken if guideline recommendations are not adopted.

    The governor does not have authority to make new laws, that must go through the legislative process. Since there are no laws for these guidelines there are no statuary codes nor penal codes for failure to comply with guidance. Therefore, business citations are not legal for remaining open.

    2018 1.5 million died of TB, it was not a pandemic. Annual flu deaths are higher and not a pandemic. Time to end the tyranny and hold officials accountable.

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