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Local businesses impacted one week removed from stay-at-home order

It's been over a week since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Find out how local businesses are adjusting with less foot traffic.

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 8:38 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Local business owners and their employees are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

It's been over a week since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home to help limit the spread of virus.

Less people shopping, along with restrictions of public gatherings, has forced shops to close down temporarily. Some for good.

Employees of shops that are usually crowded, have noticed major differences since the order was issued. Jesse Larossa, who works at Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works in downtown Chico, is one of them.

He says, "...it's just a ghost town out there. There's not much action out there whatsoever, and it all happened very quickly. It went from people hanging out to suddenly no one out whatsoever."

Businesses like Brooklyn Bridge have made changes like most local businesses in the area. Layoffs, hour reductions in store operations, and service methods are only some of those changes. Store Owner Peter Horylev weighed the decision to remain open, or close temporarily.

"The biggest thing is are we going to close, or are we trying limp by? My feeling is I didn't really want to close because I think it's going to be really hard to re-open," Horylev added, "I figured if I could limp by, even if I lose money every day, if I just lose a little bit each day, I'd be better off than closing the doors."

So they shifted their focus to takeout and delivery services.

Horylev says, "It's made a big difference because if you didn't have that before, I know some restaurants that really were designed for sit-down and really weren't set up for anything else, and they've closed."

While the transition hasn't been easy, Larossa still remains positive despite not getting to interact as much with customers.

"I definitely still get to come to work every day, which I'm very grateful for. My coworkers helped definitely, and that small interaction is really nice. I wish it were longer but it does get me through for sure."

Local business owners are encouraged to to reach out to us and let us know if they're restaurant is still open and what services you're offering. Information is on our 'Restaurant Guide' located on our homepage.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3559311

Reported Deaths: 51794
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118923221241
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2860772783
Orange2607213982
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1102371777
Kern102627811
Fresno950151422
Sacramento929611464
Alameda802791241
Ventura77395834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55887946
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38872515
San Francisco34138398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano30024164
Merced28915395
Sonoma28004298
Imperial26855589
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15414209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
Shasta10969174
Butte10922160
El Dorado9095100
Napa899869
Sutter884597
San Benito575259
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada394074
Mendocino379643
Amador344841
Humboldt318033
Lake314140
Glenn221923
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
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It was a bright and breezy Friday for northern California, however the wind has been much stronger over Modoc County where a High Wind Warning is in effect through this evening. Stronger wind and cooler air will define our weather Saturday.
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