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California Governor Gavin Newsom Eases Reopening Rules

California Governor Gavin Newsom Eases Reopening Rules

California Governor Gavin Newsom Providing Monday’s Briefing from a Napa Restaurant

During Monday’s noon briefing, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he was loosening county guidelines for re-opening. Two weeks after stating that a county could not consider easing their Stay at Home orders until they could report that there were no COVID-related deaths for two weeks, Newsom has now laid out new and less restrictive guidelines.

Phase II Guidelines for Counties

The guidelines a county must meet before they apply to the state to move into re-opening phase are as follows:

  • A county must prove that their hospitalization rates are stable and that the number of coronavirus patients has not increased by more than 5% over the past 7 days;
  • A county must not have more than 20 coronavirus patients in one day for at least two weeks; and
  • A county must not have more than 25 coronavirus positive cases per 100,000 residents for at least 14 days.

Once a county can prove they meet the above criteria, businesses like restaurants can open for dine-in, and retail, can open for in-store shopping with modifications, along with outdoor museums and schools.

Phase III Businesses

Phase III includes the re-opening of “higher risk businesses.”

According to Newsom, we are “weeks, not months” away from seeing the re-opening of hair salons, sporting events without spectators, and small church gatherings.

Newsom also stated that he could allow for in-store retail on a state-wide basis as early as June.

Re-opening is County to County Basis

Newsom continued to remind the public that the re-opening phases will continue to be treated on a county-to-county basis. Some counties, such as those in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, are expected to be further behind other counties in moving forward in the phases.

California as a state has made significant progress since the Stay at Home orders first began in mid-March. California has seen a 7.5% decline in hospitalizations and an 8.7% decline in the number of intensive care patients.

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Rachel Lee Perez

Rachel Lee Perez is our Contributing Staff Writer. Rachel is a two-time published author of the books Happily Ever Afterlife and Home. She is also a podcaster, paralegal, dance instructor, and passionate Elk Grove City resident. When she is not attending fun Elk Grove events, you can usually find her at home watching history documentaries, catching up on true crime podcasts, or diving into a good book.


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