Breweries, wineries, distilleries can reopen this weekend without serving food – KCRA Sacramento

REPORTER: CYNTHIA LEE PROBABLY SHOWS UP OUR LINEUP OF CRAFT BEERS. THE CO-OWNER OF THIS BREWERY IN SACRAMENTO, A SURVIVOR OF DARK MOMENTS HERSELF. THE PANDEMIC, HITTING FIVE MONTHS INTO THE BREWERY’S GRAND OPENING. >> I JUST ADAPTED CONSTANTLY TO THE EVER-CHANGING ENVIRONMENT. REPORTER: FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS ON THE HORIZON. THE STATE, ANNOUNCING THIS WEEK BREWERIES AND WINERIES NO LONGER HAVE TO SERVE MEALS WITH DRINKS TO BE OPEN. >> THEIR REQUIRED MENTAL FOOD SOMETIMES IS VERY DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY — THE REQUIREMENT FOR FOOD SOMETIMES IS VERY DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR BREWERIES. REPORTER: CUSTOMERS ARE TELLING US THIS IS WELCOME NEWS. >> PEOPLE WILL BE MORE INCLINED TO COME TO A SPOT WHERE THEY CAN KIND OF ORDER WHAT THEY WANT TO. REPORTER: THE STATE ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED THE RULES TO PREVENT CUSTOMERS FROM LINGERING AND LARGE GROUPS, WE — WHICH CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS — FROM LINGERING IN LARGE GROUPS, WHICH CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS. THE CALIFORNIA CRAFT BREWERIES ASSOCIATION TODAY SHARING THAT BUSINESSES CAN STAY OPEN PAST 8:00 P.M., BUT ONLY IF A MEAL IS PROVIDED. >> IT GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY EXPAND A LITTLE BIT. REPORTER: SHE TELLS US THE NEW MEASURES WILL HOPEFULLY MEAN NEW CUSTOMERS, WHICH IN TURN WILL HELP CREATE NEW JOBS. >> WITH SPRING AND SUMMER COMING, WE ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO NEED SOME HANDS. REPORTER: THE STATE ALSO ADDRESSED QUESTIONS ABOUT BARS, BARS AT HER AND THE PURPLE OR RED TIER THAT DO NOT SERVE FOOD CANNOT REOPEN. BUT BARS THAT ARE IN COUNTIES WITH THE YELLOW TIER CAN REOPEN AT 25% CAPACITY.

Breweries, wineries, distilleries can reopen this weekend without serving food

For the first time in more than eight months, breweries, wineries and distilleries in California will no longer have to serve food to be open for customers. “I think less requirements are going to be great,” said Cynthia Lee, co-owner of Dark Heart Brewery in Sacramento. Lee has been through her fair share of rough patches this past year, with the pandemic hitting just five months into her brewery’s grand opening. She also underwent heart surgery in September. “It was brutal,” she recollects. “Just adapting constantly to the ever-changing environment we’re in.”Today, she’s hopeful that the relaxed restrictions also mean an infusion of customers and revenue. From there, Lee says, she expects to start hiring workers. ” gives us the opportunity to hopefully expand a little bit,” she said. “Come spring and summer we’ll definitely need some hands.”The state originally introduced the “no food, no drinks” rule to prevent customers lingering and mingling in large groups, which can spread the virus. Under the new rules, businesses in counties in the purple and red tiers, are still restricted to outdoor service a 90-minute seating time limit, and an 8 p.m. shut-down. The California Craft Brewers Association on Friday shared that businesses can stay open past 8 p.m., but only if a meal is provided.

For the first time in more than eight months, breweries, wineries and distilleries in California will no longer have to serve food to be open for customers.

“I think less requirements are going to be great,” said Cynthia Lee, co-owner of Dark Heart Brewery in Sacramento.

Lee has been through her fair share of rough patches this past year, with the pandemic hitting just five months into her brewery’s grand opening. She also underwent heart surgery in September.

“It was brutal,” she recollects. “Just adapting constantly to the ever-changing environment we’re in.”

Today, she’s hopeful that the relaxed restrictions also mean an infusion of customers and revenue. From there, Lee says, she expects to start hiring workers.

“[The announcement] gives us the opportunity to hopefully expand a little bit,” she said. “Come spring and summer we’ll definitely need some hands.”

The state originally introduced the “no food, no drinks” rule to prevent customers lingering and mingling in large groups, which can spread the virus. Under the new rules, businesses in counties in the purple and red tiers, are still restricted to outdoor service a 90-minute seating time limit, and an 8 p.m. shut-down.

The California Craft Brewers Association on Friday shared that businesses can stay open past 8 p.m., but only if a meal is provided.