Amid California’s shelter-in-place order, Filipino businesses scramble to stay open

LOS ANGELES — In past weeks, California has looked more like a ghost town — with schools and businesses ordered to shut down and people forced to stay in their homes in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A shelter in place started in the Bay Area, followed by Palm Springs.

Now the entire state is on lockdown.

“We direct a state-wide order for people to stay at home. That directive goes into force and effect this evening and we are confident, we are confident that the people of the state of California will abide by it and do the right thing and meet this moment and they’ll step up as they have over the course of the last number of weeks to protect themselves, to protect their families and to protect the broader community in this great state of the world that we reside in,” said CA Governor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom added that more than half of all Californians, about 20 million people could eventually be infected with the virus.

Newsom’s announcement comes just after Los Angeles announced the ‘Safer at Home’ ordinance, which enhanced rules that stopped restaurants from accommodating eat-in diners, while allowing take out and delivery. Bars, entertainment venues and even gyms were part of the shutdown.

For Filipino small business owners, the past week has been rough.

“Siguro ang atin customers, before 100 percent siguro nasa 10% lang na takot ng tao, lahat sila, mga mga bumibili sa pagkain,” said Elvira Chan, Dollar Hits.

“Before, our customers would be here 100%, now just 10%. People are scared to buy, except for food.”

Chan added that while she could still sell food, it’s become more difficult to get ingredients.

“Pumunta ako sa supplier natin, ng restaurant, ration. Oh my god.”

Upon Mayor Eric Garcetti’s executive order to place restaurants into take-out mode, Johneric Concordia, a community leader who owns The Park’s Finest and Thunderbolt put out this video calling for understanding and unity as they prepare to scale down operations.

“We must come together as a city and be cool with each other we gotta take care of the grocery workers they’re working nonstop to make sure that we have goods in our homes. On top of that we gotta protect the elderly,” said Concodia.

Officials have also continued to call for a stop to hoarding.

“I’m here to reassure folks that we just don’t have food for days, for weeks, but for months. It will continue unabated,” said Eric Garrett.

And while the virus has switched up daily life for many, these women of faith, looking for a quick bite to go said they’re keeping calm.

The Shelter at Home Order is expected to last until April 19th in Los Angeles however, officials said it can be extended if needed.

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  • Mario
    22 March 2020 at 1:52 am - Reply

    California, Chicago, New York, Washington State, on a lockdown. All are Democrat control State, they cater Sanctuary cities for an illegal alien, California Homeless believed 16K are infected… In 2009, the H1N1 flu virus from April 2009 to Apr 2010, CDC estimated 60.8 Million cases, 274,304 Hospitalized and 12,469 Death. CDC only started to fight the virus after 1,000 death. OBAMA was the darling of the media nobody talk about it… Trump extends another 15 days on 6 feet Social Distancing and Social gathering of fewer than 10 people. CV19 can be transmitted by water-Airborne if someone sneezed those droplets are dangerous. That is why keep a distance. CV19 survives for 2-3 days on a hard surface. CDC and NIH are preparing for self-testing through the Nostril. Each one will be given a test kit tube, swab your Nose, return the swab into the tube, write your name and just drop it into your mailbox result will come in 2-3 days.