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Facing shaky ICU capacity, Chavez, Fresno businesses to rework shutdown proposal

A proposal for a five-day emergency shutdown order within the City of Fresno is getting a rework, said Fresno City Council member Luis Chavez in a statement.

An ordinance proposal drafted by Chavez circulated on Monday called for a five-day shutdown of all retail establishments – including big box retailers – and a shift in the local workforce from office spaces if Fresno County intensive care unit capacity hit zero.

In a statement on Wednesday, first reported by ABC30’s Jason Oliveira, Chavez said he spent the past two days consulting business leaders to fine-tune the proposal.

“After consulting business leaders in recent days, I am currently working with colleagues and local small businesses to revise the language in the proposed bill that creates a workable solution that will ensure the health and safety of our residence, reduce the exploding number of infections in our city, and protect our economy,” the statement from Chavez read.

Fresno City Council President Miguel Arias said that the Fresno City Council remains on standby to take action during the holiday season.

“We are monitoring the worsening conditions and the development of the emergency public health mitigation proposed by councilmember Chavez,” Arias said in a tweet.

“We are prepared to take actions necessary to protect our city and preserve our health care system at a moment’s notice this holiday season.”

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at