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Businesses face uncertainty with extended stay-at-home order

The regional stay-at-home order was supposed to expire at midnight, but as of today, the ICU capacity dropped below 15%. So, what does that mean for local businesses?

Posted: Dec 31, 2020 7:33 PM

CHICO, Calif. - After three long weeks, businesses yet again must face the unknown of when they can reopen at greater capacity.

The worst part, this extended stay-at-home order could either last another week or longer.

This makes it hard for owners and employees to plan.

I asked Max Engel and Josh Ward, two employees of local Chico businesses, about if this order has affected them.
Their answers – surprising.

Engel, an employee at Birkenstock, said, “Business has been good for us no matter the order. Whether there has or has not been a stay-at-home order in affect, it doesn’t really seem to have too much of an effect on us.”

While Ward, from Upper Park, said, “It’s actually been pretty cool to see some of the support that we have been getting from local people in the community. So, I think it’s been pretty good given the scenario.”

This extension continues things like the limited capacity of customers in stores and no indoor -- or outdoor -- dining.
So, how has it been for businesses that have stayed open?

Ward reflected, “I think we have done a really good job at staying open and keeping our customers happy. With that being said, we’ve taken into consideration what we need to do to keep our customers safe and do what we have to do to stay open.”

But no matter the circumstances, locals have been supporting small businesses in Chico.

“It’s been great that the downtown has been supported. All the customers that keep coming downtown, we really appreciate you and we hope that next year is better, obviously.” Engel said.

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