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Northern California county is 1st to ease stay-home orders

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 20:24:10-04

Rural Modoc County in far northeastern California plans to allow hair salons, churches, restaurants and the county’s only movie theater to reopen on Friday.

Modoc would be the first county in California to ease out of stay-home orders mandated by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

County Supervisor Ned Coe says the county across the border from Oregon has no confirmed COVID-19 cases. It's not clear whether the state plans any action for violating its orders. But Newsom reminded people Thursday that local governments can only impose stronger condtions, not weaker ones.

At the Brass Rail restaurant, owner Jodie Larranaga says she's not going to police patrons.