California’s 15-month, near total economic shutdown ended on June 15, when the state removed its color-coded tiering system, which limited the ability of business activities and crowds to slow the spread of COVID-19. Used to do
Beginning June 15, people who have been vaccinated will no longer be allowed to use public transportation, when visiting health care facilities, and indoors at K-12 schools and child care facilities, except in certain situations. There is no need to cover the face, except for spending. Businesses no longer have crowd capacity limits.
As of June 11, more than 644,000 residents of Sacramento County have been fully vaccinated, according to county public health data. The population of the county is over 1.5 million. In Elk Grove’s largest zip codes, 95624 and 95758, 67% of residents in each area are vaccinated, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.
Sacramento County had Orange Tier 3 status before the state’s tier system was abolished — county public health workers reported that the county had a COVID case rate of 3.8 new cases per 100,000 residents as of June 15.
During the week before the state ended its Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan, Citizen spoke with Elk Grove business operators about their experiences during long months of crowd capacity limits, store closures and other restrictions. talked to.
Hayden Cisneros, owner of Core Nutrition, a nutrition club, shares his enthusiasm for reopening businesses in Elk Grove and throughout California.
“I love it,” he said. “I can’t wait to reopen. People need to work. The (pandemic) was really affecting small businesses, especially. Therefore, we need small businesses in our community. It’s like a backbone, and it adds a lot of character.”
Cisneros said he was fortunate that his business was allowed to operate during the early months of the pandemic because it was classified as an essential business.
“We serve nutritional products, so it’s very important for people’s immunity to take care of themselves,” he said. “So, we are very important to the community. How the (pandemic) affected me, it took away a lot of communication and community. Before the pandemic, here, it (was) a club atmosphere. It was so poppin’ . Lots of people hanging out. My culture was taken away from me, if that makes sense.”
Erica Lu of Tea Garden Chinese restaurant told Citizen that although it has not yet been decided whether the business will fully reopen on June 15, its operators were hoping for a full reopening.
“We are beyond excited,” she said. “The servers – themselves – are really excited to see our customers again and back to normalcy. I’m so glad it’s come to this. It’s been a year. We’re all just excited.”
Old Town Salon & Spa owner Jenny Luton shares her thoughts on a full reopening.
“I think it’s definitely great,” she said. “People get vaccinated, so everyone feels safe. I hope I take off all the shower curtains, all the plastic. I’d love to get rid of the masks. It depends on what happens.” What will the state board say?”
Luton recalled how the pandemic forced his business to close twice.
“It’s been really tough,” she said. “We went out of business for a few months. We had to pay rent and pay all our bills and we were not bringing in any income. They locked us twice. It was a huge struggle. I had to use my savings account to pay all the bills. “
Luton also notes that she envisions a more vibrant Old Town business district.
“I think it’s going to be great,” she said. “I think it’s great for the downtown area to have live music across the street, and (other) events. Finally, just opening things up (with) farmers markets, and just having more of a nightlife here.”
Matt Stone, general manager of the Elk Groves School of Rock (SOR), talks about how the state’s lifting of COVID-related restrictions will affect this business.
“We are really at the discretion of our corporate leadership,” he said. “So, our leadership is working with his leadership. They have doctors on staff, all that. They monitor all (SORs) across the country, different states, even different countries.
Stone said he did not believe Elk Grove SOR would fully reopen on June 15.
“We will probably hear from our directing officer in the area within a few days after that (day) to see if there is any change,” he said. “We have to keep in mind that we are a school with the largest population of young students. And so, right now, vaccinations are only allowed for people who are 12 or older. So we need to be diligent. “
Tony Miklef, owner of Tony’s Sports Novelties, said he is looking forward to regaining the success his business was experiencing before the pandemic.
“(Full reopening) is very exciting, because just before the pandemic, I was doing very well,” he said. “Everything (was) 50%, 60%, 70% off. I was just trying to liquidate. I just got information and people were coming here to buy tons of goods. Now, I hope they think I’m still here.”
Bob’s Club operator Alan Vito Jr. told Citizen that he looks forward to seeing the smiling faces of his customers.
“It’s probably one of the biggest things I miss (her clients) are smiling faces,” he said. “Right now, you don’t know if someone is smiling or what they are doing there (behind their mask). It would be great to be back to some kind of normalcy. I hope everyone comes out and feels really comfortable being outside.
“I just want to talk about people hanging out and having a good time again, being able to make choices again, being able to make each other smile again, being able to interact again. It There’s only one thing we all need.”