Owner of The DOT Cocktail Lounge says our government is leaving small businesses behind

BARRIO LOGAN (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has come under fire from some business groups and political opponents for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and imposition of economic restrictions, insisted Monday the lifting of regional stay-at-home orders was based on scientific projections of future hospital demand — not politics.

The stay-at-home order for the 11-county Southern California region was imposed Dec. 6 when the regional intensive-care unit capacity dropped below 15%. The state announced Monday morning the order in Southern California and all other regions of the state was being lifted, based on a four-week projection of future ICU demand.

Critics, including many business owners themselves, were quick to lash out at Newsom over the claim.

Most business owners, including the owner of The Dot Cocktail Lounge, Philanzo King, thinks Newsom decided to lift the regional stay-at-home order because of the Recall effort is gaining so much momentum.

KUSI’s Kacey McKinnon spoke with Philanzo King on Good Morning San Diego, he explained that he thinks more can be done to help small business owners like himself.

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