Business as usual?

With California set to reopen fully on June 15, locals wonder what post-pandemic economy will look like for Butte County

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chico News & Review has reported on restaurants that opened just as stay-home mandates were ordered (like vegan pizza makers Pizza Riot and new beermakers Mulberry Station Brewing Co.); highlighted entrepreneurs who lost jobs due to COVID and had to invent their own business (see the Panini Machini food bus); and documented the trials of local businesses of all stripes as they navigated closures, openings, capacity restrictions, grant applications, and health and safety requirements.

Now, as Californians anticipate a full reopening on June 15, many in Butte County wonder what’s in store for the businesses in our area. For this special Business Issue, the CN&R spoke to a wide range of locals—owners, business leaders and health officials—about the impact of the past year and what the immediate future holds for our local economy.

Features in this special issue:

Return of nightlife
After a tumultuous pandemic year, Chico’s bars and clubs face uncertainty as state reopens

New way of doing business
Some adaptations made during pandemic prove beneficial to workers—and employers—as economy starts to fully reopen

Healthy outlook
Full reopening prompts cautious optimism about medical impact

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