May 4, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that some retail stores across the state can reopen with modifications as early as Friday. Newsom’s announcement occurred as a result of a positive assessment in the Reopening Roadmap Report Card, showing that key metrics for moving past the coronavirus pandemic are on schedule.
“We are entering into the next phase this week,” Newsom said at his Monday news conference. “This is a very positive sign and it’s happened only for one reason: The data says it can happen.”
Under the new guidelines, the governor said bookstores, music stores, toy stores, florists, sporting goods retailers and others can reopen for pickup as early as Friday. He said more detailed guidelines on the businesses that can reopen would be released later this week.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the governor’s plan also expands decision-making at the local level, allowing some communities to move further ahead into the second phase of the order and open more businesses at their own pace.
However, Newsom said if counties want to do more, they must first meet certain requirements for hospitals beds, testing kits and the ability to track infected individuals and trace their contacts.
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