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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Going back a few steps in crisis

Dine-in restaurants restricted once again


Last updated 7/10/2020 at 5:47am | View PDF

For the second time in less than a month, restaurants that offer dine-in service have lost that option, following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that made it necessary for all restaurants to close their dining areas. The move is the result of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state since California relaxed some of its restrictions.

Businesses in Shafter have gone back to take-out and delivery only. Most businesses in Shafter have also started to require all customers to wear face coverings while in their buildings. Even the essential businesses that have been open throughout the pandemic, including convenience stores, grocery stores, and drug stores, have begun requiring masks to be worn.

There are a few exceptions, such as Apple Market and Big Stop gas station, that do not require a face mask. Customers have enjoyed the fact that not all stores in Shafter require them. “I don’t like to be told what I have to do. I will shop at stores that let me choose to wear one or not,” said Terrance Javinas.

Some residents, however, say it is irresponsible for those businesses not to require masks. “I can’t believe that, knowing everything we know about the virus, not all stores are requiring people to wear masks,” said Michael Faulk. “If they don’t want to wear one, that is their choice, but I would hope that they would help keep their customers and employees safe and healthy.”

The governor also ordered the closure of all bars and nightclubs. This order included Kern County. There were 13 counties in California that were on a “watch list” because of the increase in new cases. Other counties on that list included Fresno, Tulare, and Kings counties.

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees has discussed how and when the schools will reopen. The district, which includes Shafter High School, is planning on opening August 12. Nothing has been decided yet about class sizes, schedules, and the restrictions and requirements that will be in place.


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