California could begin Phase 2 of reopening by Friday, Newsom says


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday the state will move into the second phase of his reopening plan as early as Friday, allowing lower-risk workplaces to resume operations with modifications to help prevent spread of the coronavirus

Last week, the governor outlined the four phases of reopening the state’s economy. California is currently in Phase 1 and will enter Phase 2 later this week.

The governor said he will release guidelines Thursday for retailers in certain sectors to reopen.

Businesses like clothing stories, sporting goods stories, toy stores, and florists could reopen as soon as Friday with proper modifications like curbside pick-up.

Places like offices, seated dining at restaurants, and shopping malls will not be included in this week’s reopening. However, as the state moves further into Phase 2, that could include restaurants reopening with modifications.

Newsom said a key consideration for entering Phase 2 is the ability for health authorities to test and conduct contact tracing of infections.

The governor said different counties will be treated differently. Some counties will be allowed to move further into Phase 2 than others.

Counties will use criteria including the capacity for testing, tracing, social distancing, and protecting vulnerable population. The criteria can be self-certified by local health officials and county supervisors. 

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