SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Folsom and El Dorado Hills share a border but are each living under a totally different set of rules in the state’s reopening plan.

Sacramento County is still in the most restrictive purple tier, while El Dorado County is moving from the red to orange tier. The new tier allows for more businesses to reopen, including some indoor operations.

It’s starting to look like business as usual at El Dorado County Town Center, according to Shawnee Thompson, who works at Tan Central at the outdoor mall.

“It’s busy everywhere, the nail salons, they are always busy, you just see more people walking around enjoying themselves,” said Thompson.

Thompson said business has picked up at not only her store, but throughout the entire mall.

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“It’s amazing to start opening back up and getting back to some kind of normal,” she explained.

El Dorado County’s new looser restrictions allow for indoor dining, outside bars, and increased capacity at gyms like Orange Theory at the El Dorado Town Center. The same businesses are closed just 2.5 miles away at Palladio in Folsom. Orange Theory gym members say they are seeing a number of people come from outside the county to take classes.

“It’s been very difficult since Folsom closed. I understand why they closed. It’s made it very difficult to get into our normal spot here,” said Jen, who lives in El Dorado Hills.

Members at the gym say they have no other choice, explaining that the Folsom location is only open in the mornings for outdoor operations.

“Now we go to El Dorado Hills as much as we can. It’s pretty full. It’s the only one open so we have to wait sometimes but it’s worth it,” said Folsom resident Melanie Jones.

El Dorado County Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams, explains despite the looser restrictions, residents should not get complacent.

“I’ve been telling people a lot that just because something is open or allowed does not mean it is inherently safe. We still need really careful in doing the precautions,” Dr. Williams explained.

Jim Araellano lives in Folsom just a block away from the El Dorado County line.

“It’s not like we are talking California and Texas, we are talking just down the street,” he explained. “We go there for everything. We want to experience life, we just go up the hill.”

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Araellano believes living on the border should not impact what he has access to.

“Just as the state is doing demographics based on the counties. The counties need to break it up for the cities and towns,” he said.

Dr. Williams says she’s confident in these new looser restrictions, she just wants people to take precautions. She says the next couple of weeks will be very telling to see if the county can sustain their numbers and eventually get into the lowest tier.

Velena Jones

Comments (3)
  1. cfbcfb says:

    Ridiculous. Yay, we in EDH get people from another country piling into our town, bringing covid with them.

    Until we learn that it all has to shut down until its eradicated, we’ll keep oscillating between half open and closed until every business is bankrupt and the pandemic never goes away.

  2. Eileen says:

    “ just because something is open or allowed does not mean it is inherently safe” Dr. Williams said. Remember those words. I stood outside, wearing a mask, in the middle of Sutter Street in Folsom on a Friday evening, waiting for a carefully ordered burger take-away from Sam Hornes’. (Horne’s staff was being duly careful.) It was a scene of understandably pent-up people, and the caption I would put on the scene is: “ensuing mini-super spreader event happening in downtown Folsom.” I counted only about 4 mask wearers, among some 60 or so closely gathered diners and walkers. Walkers approached me and each other within a foot to pass or even linger. I kept moving away. Children ran around bumping into strangers, and hung from handicap ramp rail. Arguably-unrelated folks sat very close to others, some on benches on the boardwalk and others at tables under awnings, that I can only surmise some were moving the chairs that surely had been spaced further apart originally by restauranters…
    A food server bemoaned the customers pushing back about needing to wait outside for orders, and alarmingly failing to mask properly, while the servers were dutifully protecting customers by wearing their own masks. This pent-up ignorant or cavalier behavior is going to lead to more economic loss, not to mention disease transmission. Better messaging about asymptomatic transmission needs to be re-emphasized. We need to get better at this so we don’t have to continue to shut down…

    1. cfbcfb says:

      Imagine someone wildly clapping for your post. We’re never going to get rid of this.

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