FOLSOM (CBS13) — Companies in Folsom are demanding a change in coronavirus restrictions. They are saying some pandemic safety measures are giving an unfair benefit to neighboring cities, and now their clients are being pressured to cross county traces.
The sweet retailer John Snook based greater than 50 years in the past is simply one of many Folsom companies making an attempt to deal with COVID-19 restrictions that aren’t in impact in neighboring El Dorado County.
All of Sacramento County, together with Folsom, stays in probably the most restrictive “purple” class with El Dorado is in “orange,” two tiers decrease.
“It’s unfair,” Snook mentioned.
Rosario Rodriguez’s restaurant, Sutter Avenue Taqueria, has lowered employees and she or he’s forecasting a $200,000 loss in income by yr’s finish.
“Folsom has had very low covid impression but right here we’re closed or restricted to open our companies,” Rodriguez mentioned. “I can’t function my enterprise as a pastime, I would like to have the ability to earn money.”
Now Folsom’s Chamber of Commerce despatched a letter asking well being officers for extra exact pandemic safety tiers based mostly on the variety of instances in communities, as an alternative of county by county.
“I’d love the state to have the ability to transfer to a zipper code stage so we are able to get locations like Folsom open,” Rodriguez mentioned.
Sacramento County at present lists the variety of coronavirus instances by zip code, and Folsom has a few of the lowest for an city space.
Transferring right into a decrease tier would enable town to reopen film theaters, indoor gyms and indoor eating at lowered capacities, which El Dorado County has been allowed to do for weeks.
“That might remove a aggressive drawback that’s taking place in the present day,” John Gagliardi, CEO of the Higher Folsom Partnership, mentioned.
It’s one thing they need to occur earlier than the busy vacation season when eating outdoors within the chilly climate is longer possible.
“The fourth quarter of the yr is the place we generate a giant chunk of our cash,” Rodriguez mentioned.
The Chamber of Commerce says some native politicians help their efforts, however the present restrictions are set by the governor’s emergency order, and any modifications must be made on a statewide stage.