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Pima County leader calls business regulations 'confusing,' business reacts

Posted at 1:27 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 04:27:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz — "You'll have employees at times, they'll have their mask up like this, you'll see them and they'll kind of take it down like that. You just have to manage it and keep after it all the time," Peter Wagle is part owner 'Brushfire BBQ Co.

He's owned it for three years so one can presume he has experience managing restaurant staff.

He says part of being a manager is adjusting when you need to, especially if your business permit is on the line.

"They've all learned to adapt to it so I think the one thing that we've all learned how to do through all of this is that we've learned how to adapt regardless of what the rules are."

Like other business owners during the pandemic, he's had to adapt to new rules.

One vocal critic of the changing rules has been Pima County Supervisor, Steve Christy, who said the County has changed rules for businesses six times.

In a statement provided to KGUN9, Christy said, in part: 'The constant interference with businesses by the County is what is creating devastating confusion on the part of business owners.'

"It's just a lot harder model to run because you're doing everything, so much stuff to go, so much packaging and so many things that are there," Wagle said.

For him, he saia his restaurants have taken on the change proactively.

"We moved some tables around, we put some things into storage, of course."

That, he said, satisfies rules on capacity, and they've taken measures to meet other guidelines as well, adapting to a new world.

"I think everybody's reacting and I don't think anybody still really has a true handle on everything that's going on."

For his part, Wagle said, if it keeps his doors open, he and his staff will do their best to accommodate any changes.

"This is the way it's going to be for a while. We can't have the attitude that this is going away tomorrow."