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You can’t do to-go business if no one comes. For Delta’s day-trip towns, pandemic takes toll

To-go orders won’t cut it for many businesses along the Delta.

For the tourist communities of Isleton, Walnut Grove and Locke, business has whimpered since the first set of COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders and restrictions in March. In the small communities nestled alongside the bends of the Sacramento River, local residents don’t spend enough to keep business afloat.

They need visitors. They need people to come, stay, dine and enjoy their towns. And the coronavirus has cut them off.

“The traffic comes and goes, and no one stops,” said Banna Phat, owner of Alma’s River Cafe in Walnut Grove.

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