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Chico Code Enforcement says non-essential businesses should remain closed

The City of Chico says they have not issued any citations or shut any non-essential businesses down but that could possibly change.

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 6:56 PM
Updated: Apr 28, 2020 7:04 PM

CHICO, Calif.- We are almost 6 weeks into the stay-at-home order and there is still some confusion about what, if any, repercussions non-essential businesses face if they violate the governor's order in Chico. 

City officials say Code Enforcement has been working with all open businesses on how to reduce coronavirus exposure but has not authorized any businesses to reopen. 

Tony Lindsey, Community Development Director with Building and Code Enforcement says they are working with the Public Health Department and licensing agencies on the next steps to proceed when they have a non-essential business that continues to violate the governor's order.

He adds, there is still no plan set in stone but they are working with local health officials to figure out how to deal with the businesses choose to remain open. 

Lindsey says those businesses could potentially face a fine up to $1,200 but they are not at the point of issuing citations yet. 

"At this point in time that dialogue is constantly taking place on a daily basis, trying to figure out how to manage this situation. We are deploying as much education as possible to ensure that non-essential businesses understand they are designated as such, and shouldn't be open at this time." said Chico City Manager, Mark Orme. 

As of today, the city hasn't cited or shut any non-essential business down but Orme says that could potentially change. 

Orme adds the city is once again, handing out letters to non-essential businesses that are open this week to remind them they are in violation of the governor's order.

County and city leaders plan to host a virtual meeting Wednesday to further discuss this issue and to start planning the safest way to reopen when the time comes. 

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