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Businesses in Imperial County eager to open

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EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Business owners in Imperial County say they really want to open their doors. Now they have a better idea when, and how, that could happen.

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) unveiled new standards for when certain types of business can reopen. The benchmarks are based on countywide coronavirus conditions. The fewer number of cases, the sooner businesses like bars, salons, and gyms, can open their doors.

Imperial County is in the "Wide Spread Tier," meaning non-essential businesses cannot serve customers indoors. The county needs to stay below an 8% positivity rate for two weeks before that can change.

Local Business owner Jordan Tucker of Brickhouse Deli says even allowing outdoor dining will help a lot of people. 

“If your primary consumer is coming in to eat and sitting down perhaps like a full-service restaurant where there is a waiter or  waitress if you’re relying on that makes it much more difficult.”

Tucker says he plans on providing outdoor dining as soon as it cools down 

Angie Nelson owner of Made with Nana’s Love baby boutique says her boutique relies heavily on foot traffic.

“I have a lot of things that are very soft for babies, cotton clothing and really really soft blankets and people can’t come in and touch everything so getting everything going again and building up the momentum again and everyone coming to see what lovely things I have that is going to take a while,” said Nelson.  

Nelson says what makes her boutique unique is the one on one care she provides with each of her customers and that is something she’s missed 

“The pregnant moms and the dads come in and choose what they like, what they want and to see their vision come to life that's what my specialty is custom baby nurseries and they get so excited when they see what they wanted so I missed that, the moms, of course, are scared to come in because they’re pregnant but still that baby is coming and you need to prepare and I’m excited to see my mommies back again.”

Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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