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Chico Marketplace employees react to reopening, some want the mall closed

The Chico Marketplace opened up indoor operations this week [Monday], and some mall employees are happy their back to work, but others think the mall should stay closed as cases rise in the area.

Posted: Sep 3, 2020 11:43 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2020 9:22 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Marketplace opened up indoor operations this week, and some mall employees are happy they are back to work, but others think the mall should stay closed as virus cases rise in the area.

"The cases haven't gone down, so I think the mall should just stay closed for our safety," said one marketplace employee, who thinks the mall opening up was a mistake.

"I just don't feel comfortable coming back to work, but I gotta pay bills at the end of the day."

Another employee agrees that getting back to work is necessary.

"I'm happy that the mall is open, only because it's good to get back to work. The only downside is," the employee said sadly.

That downside is confusion after the mall reopened for the second time this month.

"It's hard having to constantly switch between filing for unemployment and then having to get back to my job because the government doesn't know where I am at this point," the employee says. "So it's like there's just massive losses of income."

That loss of income isn't the only fear this employee carries with him.

"My dad is really sick and I take care of him like two to three people in my family are compromised so yeah it's definitely a fear of mine."

Lids Manager, David Donez, feels there's always a risk. "There's a risk that's always going to be out there," he said.

"The way I see it, I'd rather take a risk in a controlled area or controlled environment where I can maintain things that way I don't put my family at a bigger risk."

"I didn't have to come back," said Donez. "So for me, the reason why I did was that I'm the manager. Someone has to man the ship."

Still, some employees feel all the precautions aren't enough.

"A lot of places are providing hand sanitizer, but sometimes it feels like putting a band-aid over a bullet wound you know?"

Action News Now reached out to the Chico Marketplace, they have yet to reach back to us.

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