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Chico businesses prepare for full reopening in June

On June 15th, businesses will be able to reopen fully. Action News Now spoke with local businesses to see how they're preparing.

Posted: Apr 15, 2021 6:16 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Two months from April 15, businesses will be able to reopen fully. 

The owner of Bidwell Perk in Chico, Michelle Power, said they are training new staff members and making some upgrades.

Power has owned Bidwell Perk for more than a decade. She adapted to the pandemic so she could continue serving her customers.

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“Luckily we have a walk-up window," Power explained. "So when we couldn't allow them inside we used the patio, walk-up window and got as creative as possible but having our customers indoors has been amazing."

Bidwell Perk was one of the businesses that got help from Aaron Rodgers COVID-19 Relief Fund.

“It really gave the business great hope knowing that for the next four months we won't have to worry about where our rent money is coming from and we can reinvest that in our team and the environment we are creating for our customers,” Power said.

RELATED: California plans to lift most pandemic restrictions June 15

At the Foodie Café in Chico, the owner Boyd Atkin said they have managed to stay steady but they are excited for that extra boost of business in June.

“We’ve done pretty well already but I'm hoping that extra bump will knock us up a notch or two,” Atkin said.

Foodie Café moved to a new and bigger location a few months ago. Atkin said they're almost fully staffed and ready to go come June 15.

“I just want to thank all of our customers," Atkin said. "Our customers are so loyal and I’m so grateful to all of them."

Both businesses have been recently hiring and training new staff members to get ready for the full reopening.

All pandemic restrictions, except the mask mandate, will be lifted on June 15.

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