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Redding restaurant owner hopes indoor dining permission boosts business

On the state's new guidance, Shasta County falls under moderate levels of COVID-19 spread, meaning they can reopen some indoor businesses with modifications. One of those businesses includes indoor dining.

Posted: Aug 30, 2020 11:48 AM
Updated: Aug 31, 2020 12:44 PM

REDDING, Calif. - On the state's new guidance, Shasta County falls under moderate levels of COVID-19 spread, meaning they can reopen some indoor businesses with modifications. One of those businesses includes indoor dining. 

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In the wake of the news, Tammy Gellis, the owner of "Snack Shack" at 6185 Eastside Rd, Redding, is preparing to have seats available inside her establishment.

"Snack Shack," offers mostly breakfast and hamburger items and Gellis says her customers love it.

"We have a lot of people who enjoy eating here," Gellis said.

Gellis says the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt business dramatically.

"I've lost probably two-thirds of my sales, so again it's been devastating," Gellis said, even admitting that her business is on life-support, she's relying on take-out and outdoor dining.

"This is no different than what everybody else is going through. We are all going through struggles. These are unprecedented times, I don't think any of us know what to expect," Gellis said.

One thing Gellis is expecting though, Shasta County getting the green light on Monday, August 31, for indoor dining.

"I think that's very good news. I'm hoping that it may turn things around for us here," Gellis said.

"Snack Shack," will offer three tables inside their small location, since the state allows 50% capacity for indoor dining in counties that are allowed.

All of the tables are at least six feet apart so they can accommodate social distancing guidelines.

Action News Now asked customers of the "Snack Shack," what they thought of the changes ahead.

"It'd be nice to have indoor dining," said Jon Sherburne, a frequent customer of "Snack Shack," adding "I walk by here and it smells good, I have to stop by."

Another customer by the name of James Lawell told Action News Now "I'm really big in supporting small businesses, I have a business of my own."

"We need customers. We're balancing so I don't know if we're going to be here in a couple of months," Gellis said.

Gellis tells Action News Now she is a new owner of the establishment, but the restaurant itself has been in Redding for 40 years.

To make matters worse, Gellis tells Action News Now she had to close her business for three weeks this summer because one of her employees was exposed to COVID-19. She lost all her stored food during that closure, but she did receive help from the payroll protection program before that exposure happened. 

Come Monday, Shasta County will be allowed to open several other indoor businesses.

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