California winery owner tailors public health order that benefits his business

California winery owner tailors public health order that benefits his business

[Ed. – And, as Jennifer Van Laar shows, it’s really freaking tailored.  It’s not like it just accidentally benefits his business.  He’s a county health officer, BTW.  That’s how he ends up issuing public health orders.  Convoluted, but the chain of events is devastatingly obvious.]

Ventura County Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin has sole authority to issue health orders in his county and can issue orders that are more stringent than state requirements. Gov. Newsom issued an order effective July 1 shutting down indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, craft distilleries, breweries, and brewpubs. …

The state order … allowed wineries, breweries, etc., that did not have a kitchen to open if they could contract with a vendor (i.e., food truck) to provide on-site, sit-down meals, as long as the food and the alcohol were rung up in the same transaction. Owners of such establishments weren’t happy … but still jumped at the chance to be open in some fashion over a holiday weekend.

In Ventura County – not a major hotspot of coronavirus activity – Dr. Levin issued a more stringent order. …

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This was a huge blow to the majority of wineries and breweries/brewpubs in the area, which have historically used a rotation of food trucks to provide food to customers. … Chris Enegren, owner of Enegren Brewery in Moorpark … and others were forced to close over the lucrative 4th of July weekend while a number of area wineries were able to get around the order because, even though their sit-down meals were served by food trucks owned by unaffiliated vendors, they were permitted as restaurants to create things like charcuterie boards for their tasting rooms.


Enegren raised a stink with the county. Late Thursday, July 16, Levin entered a revised order. …

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