As Butte County moves into orange tier, some bars choose to stay closed

More businesses are opening up in Butte County, but others are still choosing to stay closed even as the county moves into the orange tier.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 7:59 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2020 12:28 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - As the county advances into the state's orange tier, more businesses can reopen. However, some are choosing to stay closed. 

The owner of B. Street, Bills Towne Lounge, and The Banshee says he is keeping his businesses closed because there is still too much unknown and he does not want to risk anyone's safety. Employees are working behind the scenes for now on renovating the businesses.

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The Banshee employee, Jonah Reed, says, "We are trying to keep everything on lockdown and keep a lid on the whole thing and not risk any infections or anything like that."

He says even though they are closed he was still able to keep his job. "We are taking all this time to do projects that we wouldn't have time to do if we were open, we are renovating all three bars, re-doing them, adding nice little aspects which will improve the daily bar life."

As for when we could see these three bars back open, they still don't have a time frame but are looking forward to seeing their customers again.

Bars that do choose to reopen can only do so outdoors for now. If they don't have a patio, city officials said they will work with them to evaluate their options.

Action News Now also spoke with the owner of Duffy's Tavern in downtown Chico, who says they are reopening their bar outdoors again starting on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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