Event organizer

Event organizer says new state system leaves out small events –

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County officials have announced that some local businesses will be able to operate indoors in limited capacity starting Monday.

The announcement came just hours after Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new state system Friday which sorts counties into one of four tiers based on the extent of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region,

On Monday, restaurants, places of worship, cinemas and museums will be allowed to maintain up to 25% occupancy or 100 people – whichever is lower. Gyms can operate with 10% occupancy. Hair salons, hair salons and nail salons can operate indoors with normal capacity. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said the county will follow state guidelines that say retail businesses should be limited to 50% occupancy.

Kevin Hellman, event planner. The San Diego Event Coalition said it was irritated because swap meetings can work, but not small events.

A local swap meet had thousands of people on Saturday and it was legal. He’s upset that they can make money and his industry isn’t even mentioned.

According to Hellman, there are 200,000 San Diegans in the events industry and they’re out of work because the governor won’t allow gatherings.