State To Allow Additional Businesses To Reopen This Week, With Modifications

Marco Green
May 6, 2020

California's stay-at-home order was issued on March 19 and is still in effect, as is the six feet apart social distancing rule. "If the guidelines are met and modifications are made, then people can start reopening with those modifications in these particular sectors as early as Friday".

According to Newsom, this stage of the reopening-phase two-includes allowing places like clothing stores, florists, book stores, and sporting goods stores to open for curbside pickup only; some manufacturing and logistics facilities will also be able to reopen with modifications to their operations.

Newsom noted some areas that specifically can't reopen, such as offices where telework is an available option, as well as seated dining at restaurants and shopping malls. He said more detailed guidelines on the businesses that can reopen would be released later this week. Newsom's press conference remains ongoing and we'll update this post with additional information as necessary.

"... This is a very positive sign and it's happened only for one reason: the data says it can happen", he said.

On the other hand, it's also okay for other counties or regions to be more strict, said Newsom. "Based off our progress, we'll begin to gradually move into Stage 2 this FRIDAY". In those select counties, restaurants and hospitality businesses will be permitted to reopen with modifications.

California's muted reopening for business comes at a time when it appears to have gotten the upper hand in its fight against COVID-19. "It's still risky and poses a significant public health risk". Dr. Angell also said stabilization can also be seen in the number of hospital beds and ventilators.

California as of Monday had recorded almost 55,000 cases of COVID-19 and 2,211 deaths. "If that's the case, and we don't have the capacity to control that spread, to trace that spread, to track that spread, to isolate individuals that may have been in contact with COVID-19, we will have to make modifications anew". This toll is a 19% drop from the 643 deaths reported during the previous week. Over the past 24 hours, hospitalization declined 1.9%, but intensive care unit (ICU) patients increased 0.9% in California.

California gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a campaign rally in Burbank, California, May 30, 2018.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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