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Todd Wilson | Help Save the Restaurants of Santa Clarita

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As we continue to assess the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and look for a path forward for our Santa Clarita business community, it’s clear that one of the industries that has been hit the hardest has been the restaurant industry, and more specifically, our local mom-and-pop restaurants.

Many of these smaller restaurants were forced to close their doors to the public in March and have since faced the challenge of reopening while following quickly moving public health guidelines.

Already struggling restaurant owners had whiplash earlier this summer when a relaxation of indoor dining regulations was swiftly followed by an order from Gov. Gavin Newsom that once again limited restaurants to takeout or delivery.

While our restaurants are limited in operations, the need to continue to pay rent and staff salaries, and the requirement to maintain compliance with new regulations has not gone away.

Now, faced with the added costs of setting up new and safe business operations, many mom-and-pop shops are unfortunately succumbing to the........

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