Governor announces stages to reopen, no timeline given

California Governor Gavin Newsom outlined his stages to reopen the state at today’s press conference. He reiterated his stance that it will be in “weeks, not months.” Newsom also urged Californians to continue sheltering in place, and said if the 6 indicators he is using go up, that it will delay the reopening of the state.

Highlights from today’s press conference with Governor Newsom

  • The stay at home orders will remain statewide. Individual counties and cities will not be allowed to reopen.
  • Businesses will open in stages
  • Schools may start as early as July

We are currently in Stage 1 – Safety and preparedness. Prepare safety guidelines for opening businesses in later stages. Getting to Stage 2 – Follow the 6 indicators. Follow hospitalization and ICU numbers. Make sure there is sufficient PPE available.

Stage 2 – Open lower risk workplaces – manufacturing not included on Stage 1. Also schools and child cares. Retail offering curbside pickup. Offices where teleworking is not possible. Opening more public spaces. Schools reopening with modifications. Schools could possibly open sooner, as early as July.

Counties can choose to relax stricter local orders, but the stay at home orders will remain statewide. Some counties have stricter policies than what the state has. They can relax those, but the statewide order stays in place. In recent days several counties and cities have requested the Governor allow parts of the state to reopen. That will not be allowed to occur.

Stage 3 – Higher risk workplaces can reopen , Salons, gyms, nails, movie theaters, churches and some events. Also sports without live audiences. No time table given on when Stage 3 could take place.

Stage 4 would be more of a return to a normal life, prior to March 2020

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