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Coronavirus impact: Chico economy pushing through pandemic

The pandemic has hurt the Chico economy. Business restrictions and no in-person classes at Chico State are just some of the setbacks.

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 11:49 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2021 12:47 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The pandemic has hurt the Chico economy. Business restrictions and no in-person classes at Chico State are just some of the setbacks.

In August, the City of Chico predicted that with no students at Chico State, there could be a loss of $50 to $60 million in revenue.

RELATED: City could lose millions of dollars in sales with majority of Chico State classes online

Six months later, "it didn't end up being a big of an impact as first expected," said Lynda Gizzi, public information officer for Chico.

Gizzi said it is a relief.

"We still had about 70% of students living here in Chico," said Gizzi.

That means students still went out to contribute to the economy, whether it's picking up food or shopping at stores.

It's good news for the folks at Upper Crust bakery.

The pastry makers know all too well about the economic impacts of the pandemic.

"We actually limited the amount of hours we're open. We close at 5 o clock now instead of 7, because we don't have the students here," said Jeffrey Plummer, owner of Upper Crust.

Once students return, the bakery hopes to see more business.

"It's going to increase our business and obviously more employees back in here to work and help the community a little bit more," said Plummer.

Chico State officials said roughly 5,000 students are expected to return to campus in the fall.

Action News Now asked the city for specific numbers in regards to how much money in sales the city has lost. They said those numbers will not be known until the March 2 City Council Meeting.

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