Some San Diego businesses plan to defy future orders to close

Posted at 5:44 PM, Sep 18, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County is nearing a move into the state's most restrictive tier of COVID-19 regulations.

California launched a tier system in late August to measure COVID-19 risk within a county. San Diego County is now moving into the so-called purple tier, or widespread tier. Moving into that level would trigger stricter regulations, including the indoor closure of several businesses like restaurants and gyms.

Some restaurant owners say if San Diego County moves into that tier and they are ordered to close their indoor dining areas, they will not follow the orders.

"We really want to push against it. There's no other way of making it nowadays," said Nick Kacha, the manager of Rudford's Restaurant in North Park.

On Thursday, they put up a sign outside the restaurant that says, "Stand Up Small Business. #Defy"

"We're hoping other businesses will stand up with us and join the wave," Kacha said. He says nearly a dozen other businesses have said they will also stay open.

Restaurant owner, Todd Brown, says he's still deciding what to do. He owns several restaurants, but the one is focused on is Bub's at the Beach in Pacific Beach. Brown says he is worried if they have to close again, they might close for good.

Both businesses have followed the public health orders since the pandemic started. But for Brown, he says this time he is thinking it through.

"If we decide to stay open, it's not because we're trying to make a political statement. It's because we're trying to survive," he said. "You have the option of defying an order and staying open. How does that work? I have no idea, and it's not something I'm really interested in doing. But the other option is your doors are closed forever."

This article was written by Anthony Pura for KGTV.