Newsom Announces Reopening Of California To Begin This Week

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Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that some retail stores across the state may reopen with changes as early as Friday as pressure increases to ease the home stay order that has cratered the California economy.

“We are entering the next phase this week,” Newsom said during his press conference on Monday. “This is a very positive sign and it only happened for one reason: the data indicates that it can happen. “

Under the new guidelines, the governor said bookstores, music stores, toy stores, florists, sporting goods retailers and others could reopen on Friday. He said more detailed guidelines on companies likely to reopen will be released later this week.

The governor’s plan also broadens decision-making at the local level, allowing some communities to go further in the second phase of the order and open more businesses at their own pace instead of adhering to a uniform politics across the state. But if the counties want to do more, they must first meet certain requirements regarding hospital beds, test kits, and the ability to track infected people and find their contacts, Newsom said.

Calls for the lifting of restrictions by Newsom have increased in recent days with large protests at the State Capitol and Orange County, as a handful of small rural counties have moved to open their communities in defiance of the governor.

But despite vocal opposition in parts of the state, recent polls show that the vast majority of Californians approve of the governor’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and are more concerned about the reopening too soon than too late. Health experts expect the state to slowly return to normal as part of a plan that Newsom says will take several months.

Governor said step 2 of his stay-at-home order would allow some low-risk businesses to open in communities across California, including stores, manufacturing sites and some small businesses with restrictions for physical distance or operations limited to curbside pickup.

At the end of last week, Newsom foreshadowed an upcoming announcement about starting to lift some of the restrictions on its stay at home business order.

“I just want to let people know that we are about to make really significant increases in this stay-at-home order,” Newsom said in his daily press conference on Friday. “I mean several days, not weeks, as long as we remain cautious and thoughtful.”

One of the key tenets of Newsom’s plan to prepare the state for reopening is to increase the government’s ability to quickly identify infections and to search and quarantine contacts of infected people to prevent rapid spread and additional outbreaks.

The task was daunting in the first identified wave of coronavirus cases in February and March, with small and understaffed county health departments struggling to identify hundreds of potential contacts of people infected with a time when Californians moved freely before the stay. the home order was adopted.

The governor said on Monday that the state was working with the University of California campuses in San Francisco and Los Angeles to launch an online academy on Wednesday to recruit and train new tracers, potentially preparing up to 3,000 people a week for work. He said the state’s initial goal is to train 10,000 people, which could reach 20,000 in the coming weeks. Existing state officials would be redeployed to work as tracers when the program was launched, he said.

The governor said 23 California counties are actively monitoring COVID-19 cases.

“All of this is fundamental so that we can more quickly change our home stay order,” said Newsom.

The announcement came on Monday when Yuba and Sutter counties began to loosen restrictions and a few days after Modoc County, where no COVID-19 cases were confirmed, allowed all businesses, schools and churches will reopen on Friday if people can stay within six feet of each other.



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