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Redding restaurants trying to survive reopening rollbacks

Restaurants are trying to cope with the governor's order to cease all indoor dining. They're also trying to survive this second round of shutdowns.

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 6:41 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2020 9:37 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Restaurants are trying to cope with Gov. Gavin Newsom's order to cease all indoor dining. They're also trying to survive this second round of shutdowns.

But San Francisco Deli in Redding is still going to allow customers to sit down and eat indoors. Owner Brenda Luntey says this wasn’t an easy decision for her to make.

“My husband and I are in our 70s, we've owned this business for over 30 years and it's been around for over 45 years,” said Luntey. “When we shut down the last time it almost did us in.”

“We saw that they were open here and we wanted to support local businesses because it's been a tough time,” said Joan Gordon of Redding.

When Luntey reopened, she took all the steps needed to keep her staff and customers safe, from sanitizing to more social distancing. But when Monday's news dropped, it left the deli owner a tough choice.

“It's self-preservation and I'm not a defiant person,” said Luntey. “My family is in law enforcement and it wasn't a decision I made lightly.”

But places like C.R. Gibbs American Grille is now only offering outdoor seating they're even expanding their patio to accommodate more people.

“I'm sure it won’t be the same as dinning indoors but there's nothing we can do about it,” said Ed Rullman, the general manager of the restaurant.

“As a business owner, these fluctuations of opening and closing definitely mess with your dynamic but we've learned to be adaptable.”

Shasta County Public Health still urging businesses to voluntarily comply with the governor's order.

“Our desire, of course, is work with businesses to facilitate their ability to function,” said Donnell Ewert, director of the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency.

Shasta County Public Health says the agency will be meeting with its law enforcement partners to discuss its enforcement actions. But Public Health also said that some state agencies, such as the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, will be also doing enforcement especially around restaurants that serve alcohol.

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