Some Shasta County businesses open at limited capacity under red tier

People in Shasta County are seeing red but in a good way. The county moved into the red tier on Wednesday, which is good news for local businesses.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 6:35 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 6:55 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County county moved into the red tier on Wednesday, which is good news for local businesses.

Starting today places like gyms and museums can open indoors at a limited capacity.

The Shasta Family YMCA started welcoming members back as soon as the county shifted back into the red tier on Wednesday.

But the YMCA is urging members to make reservations if they plan to come to the gym. It is also asking people to wear masks inside but not while working out, especially if it’s cardio.

“We do have our sanitizing stations,” said Robin Fator, the Development & Communications Manager at the Shasta Family YMCA. “Anytime someone comes and uses equipment we do ask that you sanitize before and after.”

Randy With of Redding said he’s glad things are reopening but doesn’t plan on hitting the gym just yet.

“Not until I get my second shot,” said With. “I'll consider it after that. I got my first shot, my second shot comes in a couple more weeks.”

The Shasta Family YMCA also expanded some of its services to its Eureka Way building to create more room for social distancing.

The YMCA is still offering virtual fitness classes if people are not comfortable returning to the gym in person.

Under the Blueprint for Safer Economy, gyms can re-open indoors at 10% capacity.

But it’s not just gyms, people can also start visiting museums again.

Several families returned to Turtle Bay Museum with smiling faces. They were excited to be able to go inside and check out the displays and exhibits.

Brady Jones and his family were some of those excited to be back inside the museum. But this was no ordinary visit for the Jones’, especially for their young son Mason.

“This is actually [Mason’s] first visit here,” said Brady Jones. “Things kind of started to shut down when he was born. This is actually his first experience to see all the fish, the ducks, and the wildlife. We're really excited that it's open.”

“We are so excited to be open,” said Larinda Willard, the Chief Operating Officer for Turtle Bay Exploration Park. “Just to have people inside our museum again and be able to see the exhibitions that we have and be able to enjoy that experience.”

Turtle Bay is asking members to make reservations before heading down for a visit. They will take walk-ins if their capacity allows it.

Turtle Bay Museum can accommodate about 140 people.

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