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Retail businesses begin reopening in Chico

We are now in Phase 2 of Governor Newsom's reopening plan and some retail stores are back in business.

Posted: May 8, 2020 7:55 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 7:59 PM

CHICO, Calif.- Phase two of Governor Newsom’s reopening plan is underway, with some guidelines.

Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with Chico city leaders to find out how they are making sure businesses are following the proper protocol.

Mayor Ann Schwab tells Action News Now that they’re working to educate all open businesses on how to protect their employees and customers.

Governor Newsom says retailers like clothing, bookstores and sporting good stores can reopen for curb-side only.

Action News Now spoke with the owner of 5th Street Clothing Company, Carol Munson who is taking it a step further.

“My door is open if people don’t want to come in they can use the curbside," said Munson.

She says they launched a new website when the stay-at-home order went into place.

Chico mayor Ann Schwab says the city hasn’t signed off on businesses reopening but as of right now they have not shut anyone down either.

Mayor Schwab says the city is reacting by helping them understand the regulations and giving them guidelines.

Guidelines like keeping six feet apart, sanitizing and creating a safe environment for workers and employees.

Carol Munson says, “Some people may disagree but if they are not well they aren’t going to be coming in.”

“As we start to reopen commerce, we may likely see an increase in cases, we want to watch that, we want to continue having low numbers and continue having safe practices and hopefully we can reopen on our own timeline,” said Mayor Schwab.

Munson says they are also using ultraviolet lights to kill bacteria and germs as well as following the safety guidelines.

Schwab says code enforcement will keep checking on all open businesses to remind them of the regulations. The city has not issued any citations or shut any businesses down. 

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