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Sacramento's Black Chamber of Commerce Board sounds alarm as county returns to purple tier

Sacramento's Black Chamber of Commerce Board President Azizza Davis Goines said her concern is some businesses will not operate outside due to weather.

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Sacramento's Black Chamber of Commerce Board President Azizza Davis Goines is sounding the alarm about the state of local businesses as the county returns to the most restrictive purple tier of the state's COVID-19 plan.

"[Local businesses] are struggling," Goines said. "They have been struggling all year long, and just at a time when they were getting a little bit more comfortable with the fact they could be hanging around, this happens."

Sacramento County, and several other counties in the region, return to the purple tier on Friday, Nov. 13, which means coronavirus cases are so widespread, most restaurants are only allowed to operate outdoors. Other businesses have to limit capacity or shut down altogether.

"Our concerns are great with the weather changing and people not being able to work outside as they have been," Goines said.

As coronavirus numbers surge again, and Sacramento County sees a new round of restrictions, the city of Sacramento approved a $100,000 grant to the Black Chamber of Commerce. 

"The chamber continues to do what we can to try to help (businesses) stay open and to try to find those resources," Goines said.

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