Turlock businesses try to stay afloat under restrictive tier

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Just as local businesses got used to the idea of having customers inside of their establishments once more, Stanislaus County was pushed back into the purple, more restrictive tier of reopening on Monday — and patrons were pushed back outside.

After moving back into the red tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Oct. 13, restaurants, gyms, retail shops and countless other businesses rejoiced as patrons could eat, work out and shop in a less restrictive setting once more — albeit at lower capacity levels.

For a few weeks, the Turlock economy showed signs of resurgence and normalcy as Stanislaus County remained in the red tier, with diners enjoying meals indoors and gym goers returning to the treadmills at gyms as the temperature outdoors steadily dropped. As COVID-19 cases surge both locally and statewide, however, Monday saw Newsom place 41 counties back into the purple tier, Stanislaus County included.

The announcement wasn’t a complete shock, as Stanislaus County was placed in the purple tier by the state last week but had appealed the decision. Monday saw those hopes come to an end.

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