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Lack of stay-at-home order enforcement in Butte County as COVID-19 cases and deaths surge

Butte County Sheriff's Office and the City of Chico say they will not enforce the state's stay-at-home order. They are leaving it up to the community to follow the guidelines, but with no enforcement, it means some do not.

Posted: Dec 24, 2020 2:32 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Despite Butte County, and the Greater Sacramento Region being under the regional stay-at-home order, some businesses and others are knowingly choosing to ignore the restrictions.

The city of Chico and the Butte County Sheriff's Office said they will not enforce the stay-at-home order,

They're leaving it up to the community to take precautions against COVID-19, but no enforcement means some people don't.

The state's stay at home order completely shutdowns all dining options, both indoor and outdoor, but, Casa Ramos in Chico had customers eating inside, and is open for dine-in against the stay-at-home order.

Action News Now spoke with the manager of Casa Ramos off camera, all employees are wearing masks and you are required to wear a mask until you can be seated at your table. All tables in the restaurant are spaced apart to account for social distancing. They are also following sanitizing protocols.

"Across the state and in our county, day after day, more and more people are getting admitted in the hospitals, more and more people are having to be cared for in intensive care units," said Butte County Public Health's Dr. Robert Bernstein over the phone.

Butte County is seeing its largest increase of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Over 100 cases every day for six days straight.

Deaths in the county have also seen a sharp spike.

"These orders come from the state health department. The orders are to the owners and operators of facilities in which people are gathering," said Dr. Bernstein. "Those are the individuals who need to carefully consider whether or not to adhere to these orders."

Still, Action News Now spoke with the city of Chico code enforcement, they say fining restaurants is their absolute last resort.

Instead of enforcing the order, the city is issuing a quote educational campaign to businesses.

Butte County Sheriff's Office said now that even as cases surge, they will not enforce the state's stay-at-home order.

They said they encourage everyone to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines like wearing your mask and staying socially distant.

"The best thing would be that people accept these facts. They're facts!" said Bernstein. "The best thing would be that people accept them and stay with their families and not engage in these behaviors."

Action News Now reached out to the Chico Police Department to see if they'd reconsider enforcing the stay-at-home order, they have yet to return our calls.

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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