California launched a new, albeit modified, stay at home order last week in response to rapidly rising positive COVID-19 tests. The new lockdown prohibits indoor and outdoor dining, limiting restaurants to takeout, and reduces retail and grocery store capacity. Retail owner Newmark Merrill is growing frustrated with the yo-yo of California closures. The firm’s CEO and president Sandy Sigal says that the government needs to enforce safety guidelines, not shut down businesses.

“I don’t think that we should prioritize retailers’ well being over other people’s well being, but this is terrible policy to have new rules every few months,” Sigal tells Globest.com. “At the beginning, no one knew what we were dealing with. I understood that. Now, we know, so why are we continually changing the rules? It is enforcement.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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