San Diego, CA–The county will begin notifying restaurants Thursday of $4.5 million in permit fee refunds for the period of March 16, 2020 through June 15, 2021.
The amount, which is the result of a recent settlement in a lawsuit brought by a local restaurant group, is in addition to $118.9 million already provided to restaurants by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to help offset the impact of California’s stay-at-home and local public health orders.
“Restaurant owners and their employees suffered significant losses because of COVID-19. As the industry rebuilds, this refund will aid restaurants in their economic recovery and is in addition to the tens of millions of dollars provided to them during the height of the pandemic,” said Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “To help restaurants recover and ensure we can continue to move San Diego County forward, everyone who has not received the vaccine should get it. The economic recovery of restaurants and other businesses depend on it.”
“The restaurant industry is a valued and important part of our local economy, and it has been seriously impacted by the pandemic closures. We look forward to maintaining our partnership as we move forward with our economic recovery,” said Sarah Aghassi of the County’s Land Use and Environment Group.
To date, the county has provided $123.4 million to specifically help restaurants. This includes:
$12 million from County fee-related actions supporting restaurants:
March 24, 2020 – Deferred health permit fees through Sept. 1, 2020, for food facilities negatively impacted by the
March 16, 2020 Local Health Officer and Emergency COVID-19 Regulations and the California Stay-at-Home Order.
October 27, 2020 – Extended the deferral of annual health permit fees, plan check fees, and late fees for restaurants and food facilities through March 31, 2021.
April 7, 2021 – No increases for Department of Environmental Health & Quality fees for fiscal year 2021-22 and funding to offset the needed increases proposed.
May 5, 2021 – Waived health permit fees for all restaurants and limited food preparation facilities for fiscal year 2021-22.
$90.2 million to fund the Great Plates program that partnered with restaurants during the pandemic to deliver meals to participating seniors from May 2020 through July 30, 2021.