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Butte County businesses brace for changes as COVID-19 cases rise

COVID-19 infection trends have Butte County on pace to move to the more restrictive red tier next week. That means business owners yet again must prepare to take a hit financially.

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 6:03 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 11:54 AM

CHICO, Calif. - COVID-19 infection trends have Butte County on pace to move to the more restrictive red tier next week. That means business owners yet again must prepare to take a hit financially.

It has been very difficult for businesses like The Pour House in Chico to make constant changes to their restaurant.

"I am worried if we can't have much of an indoor space," said Owner of Pour House, Gary Lewis. 

After Butte County Public Health announced Tuesday that the county could be heading back to a more restrictive tier, Lewis said he is now worried for his business.

RELATED: Public Health warns Butte County Covid-19 data trending towards red tier

"Now, we try to imagine what is going to happen if it is windy, rainy, and thereby not having any outdoors and then limited to 25% only indoors...I could imagine that at some point it gets to a point where it makes more sense to close," said Lewis.

The Chico Chamber of Commerce said that businesses would be hit hard if the county goes back into the red tier.

"The restaurants I have been in contact with, they can't even pay their rent or cover their overhead operating at 25% capacity and of course, with the weather changing, everyone is going to have to have to move inside," said President for Chico Chamber of Commerce, Katy Thoma.

Lewis said that although he has about 20 heat lamps set up on his outdoor patio, he doesn't think this will be enough for people to want to sit outside. 

"I don't see people wanting to live through the outdoor experience," said Lewis. 

He said that short-term, the restaurant may be able to financially afford being open 25% indoors with no outdoor services but any longer than four to five months, and the restaurant would have no choice but to close.

Right now, The Pour House can seat up to 160 people outside and 100 people inside. 

For more information on what can and can't be open in the states tier system, click HERE. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3563578

Reported Deaths: 51953
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119089421328
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2862912816
Orange2610223904
San Diego2596413271
Santa Clara1104221777
Kern102627826
Fresno952021443
Sacramento931801472
Alameda804961241
Ventura77534844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus56024946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38922515
San Francisco34213410
Santa Barbara31763409
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28063298
Imperial26888591
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15436209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12816185
Shasta10972174
Butte10941160
El Dorado9095100
Napa901469
Sutter884597
San Benito575959
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada395274
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador345741
Humboldt318033
Lake315341
Glenn222023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
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