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ICU capacity improves, some businesses prepare to reopen

ICU capacity for the Greater Sacramento Region improved to nearly 17% Monday. If it stays above the 15% threshold through the week, the regional stay-at-home order may be lifted, allowing businesses to reopen, including outdoor dining.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 11:43 PM
Updated: Dec 29, 2020 8:21 AM

CHICO, Calif. - "I'm ready to have my restaurant back that's for sure," said Amanda Bossheart, Owner of Om Foods.

Om Foods in Downtown Chico already has tables and chairs set up outside the restaurant, ready to re-open her outdoor dining if and when the stay-at-home order is lifted.

"I am gonna be open on New Year's Day. A lot of us are playing by the rules and I think it is safety first," said Bossheart.

The ICU capacity in the Greater Sacramento Region improved to 16.6% on Monday. If it stays above the 15% threshold, the region, which includes Butte County, could have the regional stay-at-home order lifted.

This means restaurants can open their outdoor dining. Barbershops, nail, and hair salons can also reopen indoor operations but are limited to 25% capacity.

Safety is something Jimmy Lee owner of Aonami is putting as a priority, and even if the stay-at-home order is lifted, he will stay doing take-out and pickup only.

"Will you open outdoor dining by chance?" asked Action News Now Reporter Esteban Reynoso.

"No, we've never really liked that option," said Lee in response. "People are still gonna come and sit at the same tables. We're still gonna have to have staff clean up after them. Make sure everyone is safe before I make my place."

However, there are some businesses that do not have the luxury of opening outdoor dining.

"We're on the second floor. It's either come and pick it up, make it yourself or call the delivery people," said Broadway Heights Owner Scott Schulman.

Without a dining option during the pandemic, Broadway Heights have resorted to delivery, but Schulman says the companies that do it are hurting the business's bottom line.

"60% of our sales are in the delivery field, where it's mostly DoorDash, a little Grubhub, and Entree Express. They're taking 25% from us. If you do the math, 25% of 60% of your sales is called slow death," he said. "We're dying by DoorDash."

If the regional stay-at-home order is lifted, business modifications will go back to the blueprint for a safer economy, where Butte County is in the purple tier.

View daily updates on the ICU capacity levels across the state in our North State Covid-19 Updates.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
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