Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

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Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week
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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.

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a-1588711767 May 05, 2020 01:49 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

No shirt/shoes/mask, No service is a great approach, but it cuts both ways. I think those who are servicing customers should also have masks on as well. We drove by Chick-fil-a a little while ago, and there were a lot of cars lined up for ordering, as well as in the parking lot. I did not notice if the staff taking orders in the parking lot were wearing masks, but I will assume that they are wearing masks....and hopefully gloves as well.

SBRoses May 05, 2020 10:52 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

Some businesses are flouting the rules. I won't name names, but I really hate it. Like come on. Our best shot at maintaining any semblance of a normal life is it people just behave, distance, and wear masks. Some business owners seem afraid to piss off any of their customers by telling them face coverings are required to enter. Or even posting a sign about it. The shoddy math they're doing there is that they don't get how many of their other customers they are angering and alienating by NOT enforcing the rules. I'm rethinking a few businesses I frequent based on this...

a-1588700417 May 05, 2020 10:40 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

Everyone needs to put food on the table. Any business or person - whether hairdresser, personal trainer, nail tech, whatever - who continued to see customers during lockdown is not only a thief - because they are essentially stealing $$ and customers from others acting lawfully - but is unethical and we should not do business with people who are thieves with no ethics - it shows their true character.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 10:23 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

LSS: It's helpful to reply to anonymous comments by referencing the time they are posted. For instance, if your post that I'm replying to was from an anonymous commenter, I'd reply to 10:15 PM. I think these A-numbers change each time you refresh the page.

420722 May 05, 2020 10:07 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

Stop believing big bold media headliners trying induce fear. Why are so many of you content to live in fear without question? We are opening back up one day at time people. That is the truth you need to accept. We are going back to normal whether you like it or not. I will not live my life with a mask on.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 09:51 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

ALEX: Agreed! We may have had some differences, but I agree with both you and Get Over It and wish you both success with your businesses. I have a lot of respect for people who have the guts to be their own bosses. Cheers!

Alexblue May 05, 2020 11:33 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

722-that's cool.

You won't be in my place of business. Or many others for a period of time. Because guess what--it's my business, so I decide. No shoes, you're not coming in. You want to come in with a swastika on your shirt, you're bouncing right back out. You want to come in naked--well, that's a maybe. But, you better have a mask on. No matter how strong you think you get to dictate to others what to do not heir private property, you don't. So get over yourself.

a-1588700469 May 05, 2020 10:41 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

You will wear a mask or you will not be served. Just last night a customer was politely told - no mask, no service. And they had to leave. Same as no shirt, no shoes, no service. Now, it's a mask.

a-1588700339 May 05, 2020 10:38 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

"Why are so many of you content to live in fear without question?"
Educated and logical people like to make decisions based on data and fact. 42 states have "partial" re-openings today. It doesn't seem California is so far off course.
"We are going back to normal whether you like it or not."
This is true and we are glad - but it won't be on the schedule that you would like.
"I will not live my life with a mask on."
This sounds like you have zero disregard from spreading the virus within the community. People who don't show symptoms can still spread.

420722 May 05, 2020 10:21 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

10:09 is proof that covid is now more political than anything. I am not far right. I don’t associate with any party. I can’t stand the government. There are policies I like and dislike from all sides. My “talking points” are my own.

a-1588692463 May 05, 2020 08:27 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

It's difficult to believe anything these days since this virus has become so politicized. And then there's this: "The World Health Organization lauded Sweden as a “model” for battling the corona virus as countries lift lockdowns — after the nation controversially refused restrictions."

Get over it May 05, 2020 06:41 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

@4:23. Not comparing, because I have no idea of the intricacies of either health care system. Just saying that everyone here gets medical attention if they need it. It doesn't matter if you have insurance, can afford it, or are documented. As for Cali...yeah, it's a slippery slope.

a-1588698940 May 05, 2020 10:15 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

What's going on in Stockholm (not all of Sweden) is called science by press release - no peer review thus far. Antibody tests at the moment are of uncertain accuracy. There is also no scientific proof thus far that if you've had the virus, that you cannot get it again. Sweden claims 25% of Stockholm has had the virus - but you're probably looking at 70% needed to gain true herd immuity - and you really can't have herd immunity if individuals can get the virus a second time. Sweden's outlook did little to protect their at-risk population. Sweden has the highest fatalities and case count per capita in Scandinavia.

a-1588698658 May 05, 2020 10:10 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

We're leaving out one significant factor here regarding Sweden: Their health care system. Healthcare is available to all, and they have the capacity to treat the cases they have.. Very important in analyzing their performance, as well as their decision-making process. Other relevant factors include 1) their protection of high risk groups (the elderly), as well as 2) their compliance with government edicts. Apparently the Swedes have a high degree of confidence in their government.

Sam The Dog May 05, 2020 09:41 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

At this specific point in time, you're right SBDUDE. But Sweden is thinking long-term and pragmatically. They're not throwing the baby out with the bath water like we are. We will be where Sweden is in a couple of months, with the difference being we destroyed our economy and livelihoods of millions first only to get to the very same place.

sbdude May 05, 2020 08:55 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

I would tread lightly about touting Sweden's success. They have as many cases and over twice the deaths as all the other Scandinavian countries combined (Denmark, Finland, and Norway), who combined have a much greater population.

Chip of SB May 05, 2020 08:38 AM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

Sweden's approach has proven to be much more sustainable than ours. They respected civil liberties, minimized the economic impact on their businesses, focused on protecting those who are most vulnerable, and most importantly they never forced anyone to do anything. Over the long term, their approach is starting to prove itself to be more effective than others.

GeneralTree May 04, 2020 08:19 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

So sad and pathetic hearing people saying the virus is a "hoax". Reminder that caring about education has gone down the drain in in many families. I used to think it was just sad trolls - but now I'm realizing that we will just watch a bunch of people with half baked conspiracy theories get dumped into the morgue as a celebration of Darwin.

a-1588645515 May 04, 2020 07:25 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

A lot of dice tossers here. I hope all you protestors are NOT wearing you wussy masks, you're hugging, kissing strangers, licking water fountains & flying in the middle seat on the airlines that are still flying. Gotta love you guinea pigs. Thanks for checking it all out for us safe folks. Oh, pro tip here: Take a hard pass on the ventilator when in the ICU.

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