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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Xantus May 04, 2020 06:07 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

Gee.. what will happen as a nation if a huge majority just relies on "instacart and amazon" small business die... big box takeover. Biggest Wealth Transfer in History is going down right now, and they're convincing you to be a part of it.

Xantus May 04, 2020 05:52 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

well the article above chooses to leave out rather important details. == https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/california-coronavirus-governor-gavin-newsom-191355405.html == “We are also announcing today the capacity for other counties and regions to move further into phase 2 with plans that need to be locally certified.” Key measures of local readiness to open more will include local capacity for testing and tracing, said Newsom.
Readiness to move further into phase 2, according to the governor, will be a product of local health officials self-certifying that the area is prepared for a broader re-opening."" == soooo Where is SB city on that issue? given our rather small amount of case numbers?

sblocal1967 May 04, 2020 03:46 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

From day 1 of CV we could have kept businesses open if we had a society that would use common sense and not hold so tight to their civil liberties. Wear masks, do not touch your face, keep hands washed, if you are high risk, then even be more cautious, etc. etc... Goal has been to keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed. With any virus a certain % of population will get screwed - how it has been for millions of years.

sblocal1967 May 04, 2020 07:18 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

Sure - I would say NY (or any densely populate metro area) could have remained open. However, the odds that the residents/visitors would adhere to wearing masks and be cautious is/was 0%. So you get a "nanny " state. The big issue is at risk people who are getting sucker punched by CV. What if Trump were to say "hey - if you are over 65 and/or have poor health, specifically these xyz conditions, then you must stay a home - to accommodate this inconvenience we will provide a food delivery service". The price tag for this would have be a couple billion and provide a lot if job to people doing food delivery. Everyone else could go on as they please - sure many younger/healthy people would get CV - but such a small % actually require hospitalization. Problem solved.

Xantus May 04, 2020 05:39 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

Today in SB.. I walked by a Barber Shop. it was open. in the 5 seconds it took for me to walk past, the part of the conversation I happened to overhear with his one customer, was the owner, "You're supposed to help the little guy, not the big guy" ( talking about the CARES act benefits, or lack-thereof). lotta small businesses are AT THE ROPES.

a-1588637239 May 04, 2020 05:07 PM
Governor Announces Low-Risk Businesses Can Open This Week

A bit off topic, but speaking of pie, Irene Davis bakery used to make really good pies to put in the old pie hole. I think that the frimples @ J.K. Frimples were fabulously fab. Custard-filled creampuff drizzled w/choco sauce as I recall.

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.

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-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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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