RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A group of 11 state senators from both sides of the aisle, including a Riverside County lawmaker, are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to move restaurants into the ``essential'' category and permit them to reopen statewide, despite the current public health lockdown. ``We ask that you immediately reclassify the restaurant industry as critical infrastructure before more damage is done,'' the lawmakers said in their letter. ``As it is becoming obvious to Californians, these essential businesses do more than simply provide a place to eat. Restaurants are active participants in local neighborhoods, providing meals to senior citizens and working with food banks to feed families struggling to put food on their tables.'' The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request f
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