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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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
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Alpine730
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