Confusion Abounds: Did Shasta County Jump the Gun, Or is Step-back a Result of the Rodeo?

Did you enjoy a dine-in experience inside your favorite local restaurant over Mother’s Day weekend? Did you walk into a previously closed business and shop directly from a cashier? So happy for you.

Unfortunately, much like finding random money in your bank account that didn’t belong there, it turns out that that small weekend-window of lifted restrictions in Shasta County was premature. Residents weren’t supposed to venture into Stage 2’s more liberal allowances yet. We’re not there yet.

This confusion and misunderstanding followed the May 8 Shasta County Board of Supervisors special meeting. after which, residents were given permission to venture into an advanced level of Stage 2 before the county had received official state approval to do so. State permission is still pending.

In the meantime, Shasta County must take one step backward and return to its former level of requirement. Dine-in is NOT allowed in restaurants.  And businesses previously listed as re-opened following the BOS meeting are NOT official re-opened. Malls, and a host of other businesses, are NOT opened.

This information was disclosed today during an urgent 1 p.m. media briefing hosted by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. According to the county’s health officer, Dr. Karen Ramstrom, Shasta County’s official acceptance into Stage 2 and the county’s re-opening of 70 percent of its businesses still awaits official state permission.

Now, Shasta County has returned to its previous partial-reopening status, i.e., take-out, online, delivery, and curb-side sales.

Here’s the official press release today regarding what might be a delay in Shasta County’s re-opening as a result of the Cottonwood Rodeo

Stay tuned for more information in another post about the Cottonwood Rodeo.

A News deeply regrets any confusion due to our publishing of misinformation.

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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