Phase two of reopening continues in Oroville

The Patio, Red Fly, Tiny Hinies and more are back open in Oroville, but say it was a challenge.

Posted: May 20, 2020 10:23 AM
Updated: May 20, 2020 11:00 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Patio, Red Fly, Tiny Hinies and more are back open in Oroville for the first time since closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We want to see our community. We want to get our customers back,” said Julie Curiel with The Patio. “Everybody wants to get back to work and we just want to do everything we possibly can to keep this going.”

Phase two of the governor’s reopening plan does not allow bars and bar areas to open. The Patio is a restaurant and bar.

The Patio says it did open its bar area, but only allows four people to sit at the bar at a time and they must keep a 6-foot distance.

According to Butte County Public Health, restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol but only with a meal order.

“All the rules are a very grey area, but we’re going to air on the caution side instead of changing things,” said Curiel.

The Patio says it will not allow lines to form outside, it will seat people at every other table and keep groups to ten or less, and sanitize. Retailers said the same.

“I’m glad to be open. I’m glad to see our customers that we haven’t gotten to see in forever,” said Raine Deigh with Red Fly. “It’s nice to have that interaction with people. I miss that more than anything.”

The Oroville Red Fly owner says she will only open one of her three retail stores due to finances. She says she will permanently close her two other stores in downtown Chico called The Annex and Ruby’s.

“Everyone’s been through it. It’s been hard. It’s been emotional, there was a lot of emotions at first,” said Deigh.

“I think last weekend people were just happy to see businesses back open and people downtown here and communicate even at a distance,” said Gracie Stewart with Tiny Hinies.

Both owners are running and cleaning their shop alone, but say they hope to bring their employees back soon as well as customers.

All places will offer curbside and online orders if customers still don’t feel safe to come in.

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Today will be nice but much cooler weather this weekend with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly in the north valley and mountains. We heat up again next week.
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