Shasta County retail stores reopen with limited services

Under the governor's go-ahead, retailers across the region are opened back up for the first time on Friday in nearly two months.

Posted: May 8, 2020 7:30 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 9:00 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Under the governor's go-ahead, retailers across the region are opened back up for the first time on Friday in nearly two months.

The coronavirus forced the Dandelion Boutique to close its doors. Six weeks later, the boutique is back open just in time for Mother's Day. But things aren't exactly back to normal. Customers can't shop inside and the store is only doing curbside pickup.

The state set up several guidelines for businesses including creating a safe and healthy work environment, teaching workers to prevent the spread of coronavirus, implementing screening and disinfecting protocols, and still keeping that social distancing in place.

“We can’t wait for the day till we get our customers back but at this point, we're just going to service them on a curbside basis as best as we can,” said Angie Harnden, the manager of Dandelion Gifts

The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency says it is working with businesses to make sure they re-open back up safely.

Several people tell Action News Now that phase two is a good first step to getting the state back on track.

“Having the opportunity limited hours at this point would help stimulate cash flow in this area,” said Aaron Grimmer of Redding.

Shasta County Health and Human Services says its set up a check-list for businesses on how to re-open back up safely.

On May 8, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted to send the California Department of Public Health and Governor Gavin Newsom letters, asking that the county follow through with the second phase of the reopening.

You can find both letters that were voted on below. For the full agenda, that includes the letters within, and to watch the Board of Supervisor's meeting, CLICK HERE.

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