CHICO, Calif. - Friday marked six months since Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus, a day California reported it's first official COVID-19 death.
Normally on a Friday night, sidewalks would be filled with people walking.
Local businesses in Chico agree the first six months were already difficult enough to get through.
Others never expected the virus to have this big of an impact on our everyday lives.
"I had hoped that it would end sooner, but there was no real promise, I was just preparing for the worst," said Aonami Owner and Head Chef Jimmy Lee.
"I expect [the virus] to last for years," he said.
Lee is surprised his restaurant made it through this long. And it wouldn't have if it wasn't for a little help along the way.
"We closed completely for two months and there was no revenue being generated, that was really tough, and without the SBAPPP loan," he said. "We wouldn't have made it this far."
Businesses have adapted to new guidelines such as dining outside only, offering customers hand sanitizer, and enforcing masks.
Other people Action News Now spoke with around the city say they thought the virus was only going to be around for a few months, they can't imagine a whole year.
After the March 4th state of emergency declaration, the governor issued the stay at home order March 19th, then loosened those restrictions on May 8th.
On March 4th, California had a total of 36 confirmed coronavirus cases, and one confirmed death.
Six months later, today, there are more than 728-thousand cases and more than 13,500 deaths.