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.