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Businesses adjust to outdoor dining

The City of Chico allowed businesses to expand operations outdoors. Businesses continue adjusting to these changes.

Posted: Aug 2, 2020 6:18 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Businesses continue fighting to keep their doors open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurants like Old Barn Kitchen have stayed open by taking operations outside.

A move the City of Chico is allowing its businesses to help limit negative financial impacts caused by the virus.

To stay open, Old Barn Kitchen quickly adjusted.

Server Tinna Aradottir is a server says, "We were kind of scared that they were going to shutdown outdoor as well again, but to be able to have outdoor seating, and also keeping everything 6ft, following guidelines, that's been really helpful."

She added, "We're very excited that we could stay open and continue our business."

Outdoor dining helps keep operations alive, but since March, Old Barn Kitchen is seeing a loss in foot traffic by more than half.

"Some people are scared, but some people really just want to get out and have fun and do some normal things. You have to wear a mask and stuff, but still kind of normal. You get to go out for breakfast with your family and have fun. We love to provide that service for people."

It's a service that includes strong sanitizing habits.

"Even before this, we wanted to be as clean as possible, but now it's just the extra keeping everyone safe and changing gloves, hand sanitizing, wearing masks," said Aradottir.

Old Barn Kitchen hopes to expand an outdoor patio area, but because they want to be thorough and careful with the setting that up, that process may take months.

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