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Business owners in Old Town La Quinta hoping for eased coronavirus restrictions

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Signs of business activity were evident in Old Town La Quinta Monday morning.

There was light traffic, with a few people walking the sidewalks.

Outdoor diners were enjoying the lunch hour.

Customers and business owners that spoke to News Channel 3 said they were looking forward to a possible easing of coronavirus restrictions.

"I think everything should be open. I think this has been a ridiculous lockdown," said Bermuda Dunes resident Randy Frick.

Under the Governor's strategy, the red tier will allow a number of businesses to offer higher levels of service, but still with some restrictions in place.

The changes include hair salons, barbershops and nail shops opening indoors with modifications.

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Shopping malls would open at 50 percent capacity.

Places of worship would also open at reduced capacities.

Restaurants would be allowed to offer indoor dining once again at 25 percent of capacity, or one hundred people, whichever is fewer.

"We can't wait. We've put a lot of effort into redoing our bar and it's beautiful and we want people to come in and enjoy," said Anita Chmielak, owner of RD RNNR LPP restaurant.

It appeared most of the businesses in Old Town have weathered the pandemic and closures fairly well.

News Channel 3 is aware of at least one restaurant closing.

We spotted one space available for lease.

Gyms and fitness centers, under the red tier will also be allowed to open their indoor training areas, but capacity would be limited to 10 percent.

One woman who spoke with News Channel 3 said reopening "can't come soon enough".

"I would be really happy with that, so happy to get back to normal. It has been so crazy, yeah it would be great to get back to normal," said La Quinta resident Kaitlyn Doherty.

LINK: Details on red tier restrictions from the California Department of Public Health. (PDF)

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