Coronavirus lockdowns are hurting businesses ‘for no good reason’: California assemblyman

California small business owners Allen Adams and Alex Miladi and GOP Assemblyman James Gallagher discuss how the state’s coronavirus restrictions are affecting area businesses.

A small business owner said Sunday that California's new coronavirus shutdown may force him out of business. 

Alex Miladi, the owner of a karate academy in South Yuba City, told "Fox & Friends" his business has already taken a 70% hit as a result of prior California lockdown measures to contain the virus.

“This coming lockdown will pretty much put us out [of business],” he said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom/Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City.

Alex Adams, the owner of Paragon Bar and Grill in the California town of Northridge, said the prospect of another shutdown was "scary."

He said he just took in $2,500 compared to before Thanksgiving when he took in $11,000.

"I can't even pay my kitchen staff with that," he said.

They were joined by a California lawmaker who said he is encouraging small business owners to stay open in the face of a new shutdown.

“These businesses have been destroyed for really no good reason,” Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher of Yuba City told the show.

He said small businesses can stay open with safety protocols in the same way that box stores have stayed open throughout the pandemic.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is ordering all bars, hair salons, barbershops, casinos, and indoor and outdoor playgrounds to shut down in regions of the state where available ICU beds fall below 15%.


The restrictions were expected to take effect in Southern California in the next few days. They would last three weeks.

Gallagher said coronavirus surges in places with restrictions show that shutdowns “don’t have the effect a lot of politicians want to say they have.”

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