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Butte County leaders worry about reopening non-essential businesses

While Butte County has been holding steady with case numbers, some county leaders say they worry about reopening non-essential businesses too soon.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 4:09 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2020 4:21 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – While Butte County has been holding steady with case numbers, some county leaders say they worry about reopening non-essential businesses too soon.

Butte County Supervisor Debra Lucero said downtown Chico is one of the most densely populated parts of Butte County. And Butte County in itself is a mobile county – Lucero says it’s a difficult call but she thinks if we reopen – we should do so as a region.

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While herself as many others are worried about the economy, she worries about making a call too soon.

“I just wouldn't want to see anybody lose their life because we didn't open in a consistent manner that's going to safeguard our population,” Lucero said.

She added that she would like to see masks as mandatory and more testing in place.

RELATED: California governor gives outline for lifting virus closures

Lucero said she agrees with Governor Gavin Newsom’s six steps to reopen the economy and she’s hopeful for Butte County as it’s been designated as one of the 86 other new testing sites.

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