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City of Chico taking steps to enforce watchlist regulations

The City of Chico has announced it is taking steps to enforce the coronavirus watchlist restrictions.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 6:44 PM

CHICO, Calif.-The City of Chico is cracking down on state health order.

Chico city manager Mark Orme says they are looking into the possibility of issuing citations.

During Tuesday's council meeting, the city decided to begin enforcing the state health order. That order includes wearing face coverings when you’re unable to social distance and making sure businesses are doing only outdoor operations as ordered.

Orme says if people don't follow the rules, it could end up costing them money.

"We are still working through the details of what that might look like there are many aspects that need to be gone through with the citys legal team and attorneys office," said Orme. 

The city’s scheduled to have a follow-up meeting next week to further discuss the details on the possible citations.
Orme says, overall it seems like the majority of the city is abiding by the state order.

If the city gets a complaint about a business still open when it shouldn’t be the city will go out and try to help them figure out an alternative way to continue operating without violating the state order. 

Orme says they are not actively going out and looking for people who are violating the other, instead they are being responsive when they receive complaints from people in the community.

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