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Health officials: Shasta County could face consequences if reopening plan not followed

As cases continue to climb, Shasta County leaders are fighting to keep businesses open.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 6:21 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2020 12:32 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – As cases continue to climb, Shasta County leaders are fighting to keep businesses open. With Shasta County now in the purple tier, the county is facing tighter restrictions.

On Thursday, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors will be holding a special meeting to talk about the state’s reopening guidelines.

“I kind of think we should just be living our lives how we are,” said Ryan Monaco of Redding. “It’s hurting our local businesses and it’s hurting our economy and it's screwing up our lives.”

But some people in the county feel the guidelines are necessary.

“I think they're necessary,” said Christian Behrendt of Redding. “I think if more people voluntarily followed the things they tell us to do, wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings, this probably would've been over a long time ago.”

Public Health leaders say the county could face serious consequences if it doesn’t follow the state’s plan.

“There could also be some financial ramifications in terms of our funding that we receive from the state and potentially other supports that we currently receive from the state,” said Robin Schurig, the Public Health Branch Director.

The Board of Supervisors wants to hear from the public, which is why they're having this special meeting. Thursday’s meeting starts at 9 a.m.

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