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Local leaders react after Butte County lands on watchlist

County and city leaders are reacting after Butte County was added to the state's watchlist.

Posted: Jul 22, 2020 6:55 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.- Butte County is officially on the state’s coronavirus watchlist. 

City and county leaders say they are working to support our local businesses while still following the rules.

Chairman Butte County supervisors, Steve Lambert says, "I think everyone wants the same thing, to get out of this as fast as we can."

Oroville City Council member, Janet Goodson says, "It has now become a severe reality for Butte County being placed on that list."
Local leaders are now taking action.

"What we’ll do is gather unincorporated and incorporated cities together and put a task force together and start a process to implement the new rules we’ll have," said Lambert.

Places of worship, gyms, hair salons, nail salons and malls could all have to halt indoor operations Saturday if the county is on the list for three days.

Chico's Mayor Ann Schwab says,  "At this point we are looking at education and encouragement for compliance, the faster we can get off the list the faster we can reopen."

 "In regards to the new restrictions it’s not something our law enforcement officers can enforce, we recommend strongly that the businesses follow the guidelines and procedures," said Goodson.

Lambert added, "The board wants to make sure businesses are successful and doing well, but my priority also has to also be everyone's health and making sure everyone is doing well."

"The faster we can get off the list, the faster we can open up and that's the ultimate goal to stop the spread of this virus and we want to encourage businesses and individuals to comply with the orders so we can move through this phase quickly." said Mayor Schwab.

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