California to reopen some retail, manufacturers this week

California to reopen some retail, manufacturers this week
Posted at 2:13 PM, May 04, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said some of the state's retail and restaurant establishments — and companies that support those industries — will be allowed to reopen as soon as Friday.

Monday, Newsom said the businesses allowed under "Phase 2" will need to follow the state's guidance and safety protocols to reopen, which will be issued Thursday.

Nonessential businesses under the state's "phase two" reopening include:

  • Retail stores, like clothing, toys, bookstores, sporting goods, and florists (for curbside pick-up only)
  • Manufacturing, supply chain, logistic companies that support these businesses
  • Some restaurants and hospitality with modifications (depending on the county)

Plans to reopen will need to be certified by local county health authorities and supervisors. Those plans will need to address testing, tracing, physical distancing, sanitation, and protecting at-risk populations, Newsom said.

Newsom added that any indication that coronavirus trends are worsening after businesses reopen could lead to the state bringing back stricter stay-at-home orders.

Other Phase 2 businesses, including restaurants with seated dining, shopping malls, offices, schools, and childcare facilities, were not included in Monday's reopening guidance. Eventually, these areas will also be allowed to reopen with limits.

Monday's announcement follows on Newsom hinting last week that the state was weeks away from substantial changes to its stay-at-home order.

California's Phase 3 businesses, which remain closed, includes high-risk workplaces, including hair and nail salons, gym, movie theaters, sporting events without live audiences, and religious services.

In Phase 4, businesses allowed to reopen include concert venues, convention centers, and sporting events with live audiences. That phase would also see an end to the stay-at-home order.

This article was written by Mark Saunders for KGTV.