CHICO, Calif. – The coronavirus has our economy on life support. On Thursday, President Donald Trump gave governors a three-phase plan on 'Opening Up America Again.'
Action News Now spoke to community members on what they think about reopening the economy.
“I think it's really important that we open the economy to some level because people do need to get back to their jobs and it's important to have businesses and support local business, but to do this I do believe that there need to be strict social distancing protocols,” Tiana Lewis, a community member said.
The state is still weeks away from determining a timeline for reopening the economy.
"I'm just worried about what the repercussions for when we reopen and how it's going to look, are our jobs going to be there?" Sonia Perry, a community member said.
On Thursday, President Trump announced, “Governors will be empowered to tailor their approach” to the situation near them. Governor Gavin Newsom is working with the governors of Oregon and Washington on a plan for reopening the West Coast.
“I'm kind of in the middle, it’s a good thing because people need to get back to work and I know people are kind of having a hard time right now a bad thing in a way we have to control this virus, kind of keep it where it's at, we are not caught up yet so I don’t think we're out of the woods quiet,” Steven Dalessio, a community member said.
The World Health Organization and the CDC both said social distancing is the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But is everyone following the guidelines?
Community members told Action News Now they have seen some people practicing social distancing, while others are not.
“Well I think it’s a mixed bag, you look around and you see some people going the whole hog and then you see some people not doing it at all, and I think that’s probably the way our country goes, people have their own ideas on what constitutes the appropriate way to comport yourself,” Laurie Carr, a community member said.
Newsom said opening the economy centers on science and data and puts public health ahead of political pressure to get the economy up again.
"I think its a good idea, and I respect people's rights to protest, however, I also support what our governor is trying to do and that is to do it thoughtfully, and with science to back it up," Carr said.
Newsom said the worst mistake he could make is to open the state prematurely.
“Yes, I believe it is being practiced by most responsible adults, I have a lot of concerns about the teenagers who think they are invisible and don’t really care about anybody else, "Ann Rahlp, a community member said. "I have some concerns about adults, especially taking their children out into public without wearing a mask."