Downtown Chico resembling a 'ghost town' as businesses struggle with Covid restrictions

After new restrictions were announced earlier this week, Tres Hombres Restaurant in Chico decided to temporarily shut down.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 6:41 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2020 6:41 PM

CHICO, Calif. - As coronavirus numbers climb, downtown Chico is a bit of a ghost town.

Many say they are sad to see businesses have to shut down again. Action News Now spoke with one woman who was very emotional when she saw that Tres Hombres, one of her favorite downtown spots, was temporarily closed.

Jennifer Johnson, from Chico, said, "That’s a hard one for me, to see it closed."

Seeing the business temporarily closed brought Johnson to tears. 

"I know a lot of families that are struggling and having to shut down right now because they can’t keep up with the impact this has caused," she said.

A sign on the restaurant's door says the new restrictions have caused them to temporarily close their doors, while they plan ahead.

Owner Michael Thomas told reporter Kristian Lopez, the move back to the purple tier caught them by surprise.

The business, which was full of customers just a few days ago, is now empty. "I feel awful for these businesses that are trying to support their people. It’s a circle of community," added Johnson. "Special memories that we create all over Chico are closing."

She says it's hard to see the downtown area quiet and empty. "There’s barely anyone here, no students, no one eating outside, no one enjoying life."

But Johnson hopes the community can stay optimistic about the future.

"Try your hardest it’s all we can do I know my family is praying for everyone to stay safe and make the best decisions for their family," said Johnson.

Tres Hombres says it plans to reopen on December 2.

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