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Butte County businesses preparing for new stay-at-home order

Some of Butte County's local restaurants are preparing to shut down as a new stay-at-home order kicks into place.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 5:24 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Some of Butte County's local restaurants are preparing to shut down as a new stay-at-home order kicks into place at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Right now, it looks like business as usual at restaurants like Woodstock's, but that all changes Friday. 

Woodstock's shift manager, Drew Sciarini, said he has not seen a mad rush of people trying to get one last restaurant experience before Butte County goes under the stay-at-home order.

Actually, Sciarini said they've seen fewer people coming out all this week. They've been getting ready to shift to take out and delivery only.

"I think that for every business it is fairly frustrating," said Sciarini. "It deals an un-winnable hand for every business owner and every person working in this business because all of these places that are designed for dine-in, they can't dine-in and they made moves to do outside dinning and now they can't do that. So now it is just back to pick-up and delivery." 

The restaurant was able to seat about 24 people outside with social distancing, but even with delivery and take out only Sciarini said they will survive.

Woodstock’s delivers through Door Dash, Grub Hub, and has its own delivery drivers as well.

RELATED: Greater Sacramento region will be under stay-at-home order

Other businesses like barbershops are also preparing to shut down. 

Chico Barber Shop has been squeezing in as many people as possible before they close today.

Barber Robbie Johnson said he started working at 8:30 this morning and will be staying until about 9 p.m. Thursday to help as many people and make as much money as he can before the stay-at-home order goes into effect.

He said the shop already shutdown four times and is not looking forward to doing it a fifth time.

"It's really frustrating, said Johnson. "Everyone here is kind of at their wits end with it. You know, it is our livelihood. We don't have paid time off, we don't have retirement, we don't have sick leave, we don't have any of that." 

He said the holidays are usually the busiest time of the year for the shop and missing out on that money has him worried if he will survive the shutdown. Johnson told Action News Now he does plan to do some house calls to make some money during this holiday season.

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