Governor Gavin Newsom announces reopening California will begin this week.
In a news conference on Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that some low-risk businesses could reopen as soon as Friday—with restrictions. “This is a very positive sign and it’s happened only for one reason: The data says it can happen,” he said.
This would mark Stage 2 of Newsom’s plan. The sectors that are considered low-risk retailers include florists, bookstores, toy stores, music stores, sporting goods, clothing stores, and other businesses that can open for pickup only. However, Newsome stressed that telecommuting, dining in, and shopping malls are not a part of this phase. Further details outlining the businesses and restrictions are expected to be announced later this week.
CA is led by data and SCIENCE.
Based off our progress, we’ll begin to gradually move into Stage 2 this FRIDAY.
Some sectors where there’s a lower risk of transmission will be able to adapt & re-open with modifications.
This will include some retail and manufacturing/logistics.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 4, 2020
Additionally, in some communities, retail locations, manufacturing sites, and some small businesses with restrictions for physical distancing or operations limited to curbside pickup could reopen.
Newsom plans to allow decision-making on a local level to be expanded, allowing some counties to move ahead quicker than others. But this will be measured on meeting certain requirements for hospital beds, testing kits, and the ability to track the spread, Newsom said.
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