Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week
Governor Newsom in a press conference on May 4
By edhat staff
Governor Newsom announced some "low-risk" businesses will be eligible to reopen this coming Friday, with conditions.
During a press conference on Monday, Newsom stated specific guidelines with criteria these businesses must be able to meet will be revealed on Thursday as the state moves into Phase 2 of reopening.
“We are entering into the next phase this week,” Newsom said. “This is a very positive sign and it’s happened only for one reason: The data says it can happen.”
These low-risk businesses include retailers of clothing, books, music, toys, and sporting goods, as well as florists, would be allowed to offer curbside pickup services. Associated manufacturers that support the retail industry would also be allowed to begin production.
This phase of re-opening does not currently include offices where telecommuting is available, shopping malls, and seated dining at restaurants.
Giving more power to local governments, Newsom stated counties will be able to approve whether these low-risk businesses can re-open and can always impose stricter guidelines. Additionally, counties will be allowed to ease social distancing restrictions even further if they can prove they have the ability to institute sanitation practices, testing and tracing, and provide security to the most vulnerable, which includes homeless individuals, elderly, and the incarcerated.
“We will allow additional movement through phase two, and that includes the prospect of restaurants with modifications opening, hospitality more broadly opening, again, with modification,” Newsom said.
The next phase will include reopening businesses such as hair and nail salons, movie theaters, and gyms.
A new partnership was announced with the Universities of California at San Franciso and Los Angeles, which will begin offering contact tracing courses for positive COVID-19 cases. The courses are expected to increase contact tracing staff from 3,000 to 20,000.
The current stabilization of COVID-19 hospitalizations, including intensive care unit cases, and increased testing and contact tracing allowed state officials to move forward with the reopening.
Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell stated there are now adequate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE), including more than 10,000 ventilators not in use and over 2,000 available hospital beds.
For some Orange County residents, the beaches have reopened following their closure per Newsom's order last week.
Beaches in San Clemente and Laguna Beach will reopen after local officials made modifications and put together an "outstanding plan," said Newsom.