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To comply or not comply? How Modesto restaurants vary in handling of COVID shutdown

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Owner and sushi chef Nicholas Vang make a California roll at Modesto Sukiyaki restaurant in Modesto, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

When Cheng Her and his business partner, Nicholas Vang, bought Modesto Sukiyaki almost a year ago, they expected challenges because they were new to the restaurant industry. But they did not expect a pandemic that has been a public health and economic disaster.

Her said business at their restaurant in the Frontier Town Shopping Center is down 60%. He and Vang have laid off their five employees and are relying on family members to help them run the restaurant.

The two business partners have followed all the pandemic restrictions since the initial stay-at-home order in March, and that includes the latest from early December that limits San Joaquin Valley restaurants to takeout service.

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Here we go again – another shutdown for county region

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Stanislaus County fell under a Regional Stay Home Order this week because of a surge of COVID-19 cases nearly overwhelming area hospitals dealing with patients.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday new stay-at-home orders for regions with ICU capacity that falls below 15 percent. Stanislaus County hit that this week.

The regional stay-at-home order follows a statewide curfew implemented Nov. 21 that asked residents to remain at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The stay-at-home order closes bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons and barbershops. Retail stores, malls and shopping centers will be allowed to remain open, but with occupancy set at 20 percent. Restaurants will only be allowed to do take-out or delivery. 

Critical industries, like grocery stores, will be allowed to remain open.

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