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OROVILLE, Calif. – Hundreds of community members gathered at Mike's Grande Burger in Oroville, saying they’ve had enough and want to continue indoor operations, despite the statewide order.
At least 200 business owners and community members gathered together. In the video attached above, reporter Kristian Lopez explains the event is to draw attention to the fact that restaurants are not allowed to open indoors amid unhealthy air quality levels due to the North Complex fires.
Action News Now Kristian Lopez has confirmed that Mike's Grande Burger and Shakey's Pizza Parlor are open for indoor operations. At least 10 other businesses are also open. Action News Now is working to learn what those locations are.
Owner of Mike's Grande Burger, Levi Fuller, told Action News Now,“Our constitutional rights are being violated and us citizens and business owners are getting tired of it.”
Butte County Supervisor, Steve Lambert, says the county tried to let businesses open indoors but the state said no. Businesses that are still open for indoor operations could face repercussions if the state intervenes. The state could also be at risk of losing CARES Act funding if this continues, Lambert said.
Casey Hatcher with Butte County Public Health (BCPH) says the county understands businesses’ frustrations especially since air quality is hazardous right now but the county doesn’t have the power to override the state order.
Butte County tried to allow the indoor dining last week, which only lasted for one day before the state said this would not be allowed -- which is why BCPH rescinded it.