Community members gather at Chico city hall for reopening rally

A few hundred people gathered in front of Chico City Hall on Thursday afternoon for a reopening rally, calling for the reopening of Butte County without restrictions.

Posted: Oct 2, 2020 12:05 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A few hundred people gathered in front of Chico City Hall on Thursday afternoon for a reopening rally, calling for the reopening of Butte County without restrictions.

Dozens called for the reopening of schools, and all businesses. People held up signs, clapping, and even having a speaker and microphone to allow for residents to speak their minds.

Chico City Council Member Kasey Reynolds attended the rally, "Yes we need to be worried about COVID, yes we absolutely need to be safe, we need to open in a safe manner," she said.

"But we need to take a holistic approach to it and we need to make sure we're taking care of all the needs of all the people in our community."

Very few people wore masks or social distanced at the gathering. 

People drove by in cars, and some had to stop and see it for themselves.

“Of course everyone wants to reopen, who doesn’t. We want to go out to eat, we want to enjoy our town," said Dave Elke, who was appalled at what he saw.

"We’ve got to do it the right way, we have to do it the right way, we can’t lose this many Americans,” he said looking at the large group of people.

As of Tuesday, Butte County has improved to the red tier in the state's color-coded county system, which means a lot less restrictions, and allowing places of worship to open up indoors at limited capacity.

If Butte County remains at this tier for two weeks, schools will then have the choice to fully reopen or not.

The rally took a walk around city plaza and was met with car honks. It lasted around two hours.

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