Calif. restaurant owner defies order during holidays

Patrons dine outside of a restaurant along the Coast Highway 101 in Calif.(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT – Thursday, December 24, 2020

This week, restaurant owner Noah Blom refused to lay off employees in his Newport Beach restaurants during the holidays. This came as Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) imposed a three week lockdown for dining in the majority of the state.

Blom spoke at a ‘Save Small Business’ rally where he noted we must stand by the people who support us.

He explained that people rely on being employed during the holidays to support their family. As a business owner, Blom said he feels he should support their needs.

“During this time, we’re here to support our staff. We’re here to make sure they have food on their table and presents under their tree for Christmas, and that’s why we’re staying open,” Blom stated. “That’s why we’re in support of our people, our hospitals and our community. We’re not in support of mandates from Sacramento. We’ll always take care of our community, that’s why we’re in hospitality.”

Blom added that he has many couples who work for him and laying off multiple family members during the holidays seems “cruel.”

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