Residents and businesses are having many questions as California moves closer to the least restrictive reopening level on June 15, which would lift virtually all mask, ability and social distancing rules that have been in place for more than a year. year.
In San Francisco, businesses face hurdles preparing for the biggest change in 15 months during the pandemic. Every business faces similar questions about masking and hygiene protocols going forward after the pandemic.
And as the state gears up to say goodbye to social distancing and hello to full capacity, businesses will face sourcing and hiring issues, and questions about whether to follow suit. the state.
Yu Lin, manager of the Wharf Outdoors clothing store in San Francisco, said most visitors to the city recently have all been local Californians.
But he’s about to have all systems working for San Francisco’s main financial engine – tourism – when the state reopens. The store manager hopes that many people will travel longer distances and spend more time and money in the city.
Now the problem is finding enough people to fill the shifts and enough merchandise to fill the shelves.
“Some of our suppliers are struggling to get products from different countries,” Lin said.
Even obtaining some domestic goods has at times been difficult, as US companies face their own difficulties in employment and production.
But the cheap imports that many stores depend on for their income, especially those from China, have been ravaged by the pandemic.
“Things are coming slowly, and things that should have been here six months ago are now six to seven or eight months behind,” said Gary Stokes, independent vendor representative.
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association chef also said restaurant owners hope the city will expand shared spaces and outdoor dining areas by early next week. It could help homeowners generate more cash after reopening to help bring back workers in high demand and higher wages.