State approves limited re-opening in Lassen County

Richard Egan, county administrative officer and public information officer for the Incident Command team, said Lassen County has joined Butte and El Dorado counties in receiving state approval to re-open according to the state’s Phase 2 guidelines.

About 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, Egan said the state had just approved the county’s request for a variance to allow the re-opening of some local businesses.

“We just got the word we’re approved for variance on Phase 2B,” Egan said during a phone call with the Times. “We’re still trying to figure out what that means.”

Egan said he expects to issue a press release later this evening after an opportunity to review the material.

Prior to the announcement from the state Egan said, “I think our plan is as good or better than Butte’s. We’ve got a robust plan, and we don’t have any (confirmed COVID-19) cases. I think we’ll hear from them (the state) very soon. I’m confident they’ll approve our request for a variance, although it’s not going to open up that much more. Phase 3 is when things really open up. We haven’t received any guidance into how to apply for a variance to go into Phase 3.”