Recently the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the Marin Council of Chambers, which represents 11 Chambers of Commerce in the county, wrote to the County of Marin to ask them to consider a fee waiver or deferral of the county wide health permit fee during the pandemic.
The pandemic has affected small businesses adversely. Among the businesses impacted the hardest have been food businesses. Many restaurants and caterers decided to close; others tried to pivot, and began to offer take out foods and now outdoor dining. Many received PPP and EIDL loans, which certainly help. But income has been significantly reduced or non-existent.
Members reported to the Chamber that one way to make the loan money last as long as possible is to ask for concessions from landlords, banks, credit card companies, and vendors. Many of them have received deferrals or actual forgiveness. This has helped to minimize expenses.
For most of our local restaurants and food establishments, the fee for the health permit is a significant expense. We respectfully asked the County to consider postponement, or at least defer some of the fee, to help these struggling businesses stay alive a little longer.
The County considered our request and we are pleased to report that they offered a fee deferral program/payment plan to help provide some relief for our restaurants and other food establishments.
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