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Butte County requests for governor to expedite reopening process

Butte County supervisors sent a letter to Governor Newsom asking him to allow personal care businesses to reopen.

Posted: May 14, 2020 9:59 AM
Updated: May 14, 2020 10:02 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County supervisors sent a letter to Governor Newsom asking him to allow personal care businesses to reopen.

"It's something we want to do the right way but its time," said Steve Lambert, Chairman and District 4 Supervisor.

Lambert said they collectively sent a letter to Governor Newsom Tuesday asking him to further amend statewide orders for the county.

"I think we've been very proactive and pushing but not overstepping where we fit," said Lambert

The letter asks to mix phase 2 and phase 3, which would include opening more personal care businesses like hair salons, barbers, spas, gyms, and fitness studios, as well as lap pools and some playgrounds.

"If you're healthy and well and the establishment is keeping things cleaned up and doing a good protocol I think we're in good shape we have to start someplace," he said.

Lambert says another driving force is the federally declared disasters that Butte County has experienced including the Oroville Dam Spillway, the wildfires, and the Camp Fire.

The letter explains how some business owners were just getting back on their feet after the disasters and are now forced to close down again.

"We’ve kind of lived in crisis mode for the past 5 years," Lambert said.

Lambert said he's comfortable with the county's plan of action moving forward and its time for business owners to get back on their feet.

"That's going to be the challenge to get people back up because a lot of people that have certain businesses don't have the reserves to carry over," Lambert said.

Owner of Sookie's Salon said she had to relocate her from her business here at La Dolce Piazza, to this a spot on St. George Street because paying for rent became a problem when the stay at home order took effect.

"Financially its been bad I don't know how much longer I can handle this," Owner Hyesook Lee said.

Lee says she's been tempted to take work, but chose the safe side.

"So many people call they ask you can you come to my house can you do my hair, to be a woman roots are growing every month, but you know I needed to protect myself too," Lee said.

Lee says she already has a plan of action.

"Wash hands, cut down clients, wear masks we'll be fine," Lee said she's ready to reopen and see her clients again, "I hope its soon I cannot wait."

We're pushing pretty hard and we're going to move forward and I think he understands that.

Lambert said they hope to hear back from the governor in about a week. Click Here to view the full letter that was sent.

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