REDDING, Calif. - As new cases stack up, Shasta County is now in the red tier or substantial category under Governor Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan. The placement means more for restrictions for businesses.
Cindy Lampkin, the manager of Tortilla Flats, the coronavirus pandemic has been a whirlwind.
“It's been crazy up and down,” said Lamkin. “Changing schedules, ordering not enough food or too much food, hiring, and un-hiring. It's just been crazy.”
To add to the rollercoaster, the state officially placed Shasta County into the red or substantial category. This means that restaurants, like Tortilla Flats, can only have up to 25% capacity.
“We're really fortunate because our restaurant is large inside,” said Lamkin. “We can still have 10 or 12 groups of people, and three or four people eating.”
To make sure that diners are socially distant while eating, the restaurant set up “Out of Service” signs, which they put between tables to make sure that guests are six-feet apart while they are eating.
But other places like, bars and breweries that do not serve food must close under the substantial category.
“When we were in the orange, bars, breweries, and distilleries that did not serve a meal were allowed to be open outdoors only,” said Kerri Schuette with the Shasta Health and Human Services Agency. “Now that we're in the red, they need to be closed.”
Lamkin says she's been doing her best to keep up with the constant changes.
And roll with the punches.
“I have to kind of maintain everything and try to keep a level playing field with my employees so everybody doesn't panic,” said Lamkin.
But Shasta County health leaders really stressing that people continue wearing masks and practice social distancing.
“It's important for people to probably take a few steps back from what they've been doing recently,” said Schuette. “We have to get this back under control.”