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Oroville businesses band together against statewide order, Mayor reacts

Oroville Mayor Chuck Reynolds says he is aware that many local businesses are still open for indoor operations and says he supports their decision.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 10:33 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 10:34 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Many businesses in Oroville are banding together against the statewide order that is not allowing indoor operations. Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with the city's mayor Chuck Reynolds about it.

Mayor Reynolds says he is aware that many of these businesses are still offering indoor services and fully supports their decision.
“I think they are very courageous for standing up and providing services to those who need it,” he said.

Reynolds says he thinks they are making the right choice with the air being unhealthy because of the Bear Fire.

He added, “For someone to say that someone needs to sit out in this toxic air and toxic environment to eat their meal when we don’t know what levels of toxins they are ingesting with their meal is a ridiculous thing to say. I understand people are at risk for this virus but they need to take that into account and take extra precautions. If they are at risk, take your food to-go but if you are not at risk, then by all means, get out of the toxic environment.”

He says even after the air quality improves, he would still support businesses continuing inside operations.

“I think at this point the virus, although it’s very real and serious for some, I think the percentages are just not there," said Mayor Reynolds.

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Reynolds says these businesses are fully aware they could face consequences if the state gets involved. But he says, “Their desire to serve their fellow man is stronger than any ramifications they might face for being open.”

He tells Action News Now he supports them as long as everyone takes the proper precautions, Reynolds says as of right now the city is not shutting any of these businesses down.

Monday many business owners and community members in Oroville gathered at Mike's Grande Burger for an event to bring awareness to this issue.

The owner of the restaurant, Levi Fuller says he is choosing to keep his restaurant open for dine-in. 

The gathering featured speakers like Mayor Chuck Reynolds, Assemblyman James Gallagher, and Butte County District Supervisor Bill Connelly, all three expressed they supported the decision. 

However, at this time, Butte County remains in the strictest tier. Restaurants, gyms, and places of worship are still not allowed to operate indoors.

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