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Santa Clara County’s New, Tough Restrictions Won’t Touch Outdoor Dining

Also: Good Egg’s bad Thanksgiving, and more news to know today

Even as it tightens restrictions on activities, Santa Clara will allow outdoor dining to continue
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  • Restrictions in Santa Clara County might give the rest of the Bay Area a peek into where things are headed. KRON 4 reports that Santa Clara has voluntarily imposed additional toll-backs on activities, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to the region from over 150 miles away. The county is also issuing fines to all businesses that violate health orders, with at least 76 handed out over the Thanksgiving weekend, NBC Bay Area reports. In a press release, health officers from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco counties, as well as the City of Berkeley, expressed “unified support” for the new rules, suggesting that if those areas also reach Santa Clara’s infection levels, they might follow suit. Unlike other counties like L.A., none of the Santa Clara restrictions impose any changes on outdoor dining, which likely comes as a relief to restaurants worried about additional shut-downs and regulations.
  • Food delivery company Good Eggs reportedly did a bad job of serving up Thanksgiving orders, after a technical glitch meant an unknown number of customers never got the food they expected for the holiday. [SFist]
  • The commercial fishing season for Dungeness crab has been delayed yet again, this time to December 16. [KRON 4]
  • Millbrae Pancake House, the 61-year-old breakfast icon, has temporarily closed for the first time in its history. [ABC 7]
  • The CEO of SF-based mock meat startup Prime Roots used a $100,000 fellowship from controversial investor Peter Thiel to launch her business. [SF Business Times]
  • SF’s Marina and Pacific Heights area was the only one to pass Proposition 22, the Uber and DoorDash-backed measure to deny employee protections to delivery drivers. [ABC 7]
  • Noe Street between 16th and Market Streets and Beaver Street will close to cars and open to outdoor dining Fridays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. [Hoodline]
  • Here’s a listicle of 11 outdoor dining setups in San Francisco from urban design critic John King. [SF Chronicle]