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‘Covid’s not the only health issue’: inside the rural counties defying California’s lockdown

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The governor has called the region’s reopening ‘a big mistake’. But some residents oppose the state’s one-size-fits-all approach

Along Plumas Street in Yuba City, California, diners on Tuesday sat in restaurants, sipping their drinks and enjoying their meals. Women relaxed in cushy spa chairs as pedicurists massaged their legs. A hair stylist fluffed and blow-dried a client’s hair.

Only the protective face masks on the food service workers – and the few shops that remained closed – hinted at the global pandemic gripping the rest of the state, which was still under the same stay-at-home order that has been in place since 19 March.

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