Yuba, Sutter open despite Newsom’s stay-at-home order. How they could be a model for others

Beatrice J. Doty

A Yuba City hair salon is disinfecting the soles of clients’ shoes before allowing them inside.

A gym across town has tripled its cleaning staff, but isn’t requiring its members to wear masks.

An antique store in nearby Marysville is celebrating a kind of grand reopening with balloons and signs, hoping to entice wary customers.

In Yuba and Sutter counties, Monday was the first real day back to normal in weeks — almost.

The bi-county public health officer announced in a new health directive last week that a range of “lower risk” businesses could begin to reopen Monday, a move that defied Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide stay-at-home order meant to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

The argument? Yuba County and Sutter County combined had only 50 virus cases and three deaths as of Sunday. Its infection and death rates are considerably lower than the state’s overall rate. Combined with good

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