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Governor Issues New Statewide Guidance For Reopening of Businesses
Last month the Governor laid out a four stage plan for reopening the state. Last week, we provided an update that the State entered into the first phase of stage 2 of the reopening process on Friday May 8th. This first phase of stage 2 permitted the retail industry, including the reopening of bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores, to open on May 8th for curbside pickup. The Governor stated that other businesses such as offices, dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, and schools were not allowed to reopen as a part of this first phase of Stage 2. However, the Governor indicated those industries may be allowed to reopen in a later phase of Stage 2.
The Governor announced last week that counties could request to move more quickly through stage 2 if they meet certain readiness criteria. That readiness criteria has been published and is available at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19-County-Variance-Attestation-Memo.aspx.
Governor Newsom announced on May 12, 2020, that Butte and El Dorado Counties had met the readiness criteria to move more quickly through stage 2 of the reopening process, and the Governor’s office has been in communications with 27 other counties regarding readiness criteria. The documentation submitted by these counties supporting that they met the readiness criteria is available to the public. The Governor’s office will continue to update the list of counties who are approved to move more quickly through stage 2 of the reopening process.
The Governor announced that in addition to essential services, the counties who have been approved to move more quickly into stage 2, will be able to open the following services:
- Dine-in restaurants
- Limited services (which includes business that can provide services without close customer contact, such as dry cleaners, car washes, auto repair, pet grooming, landscapers, and dog walkers)
- Outdoor museums
- Shopping centers & all in-store retail
- All office-based workplaces
- All manufacturing industries supporting retail
- All logistics industries supporting retail
The Governor made clear that counties remain free to issue more stringent restrictions, and Californians will need to comply with local and state wide orders. The Governor’s office issued guidance for the reopening of the businesses set forth above, as well as industry guidance for the reopening of other businesses, which is accessible here. At this time, there has not been guidance issued regarding the reopening of schools, and counties approved to move more quickly through stage 2 are not yet permitted to open schools. Guidance has been issued regarding office workplaces, which is accessible here.
Child care providers and facilities continue to be able to provide services for children of essential workers. The state has issued social and physical distancing and healthy practices guidance to child care facilities and providers, which is accessible here. Schools that have opened their preschool programs to provide child care to children of essential workers should follow this state guidance, in addition to any county orders and guidance that may have been issued.