While emphasizing caution, Governor Gavin Newsom released the first stages of his plan that will permit certain lower-risk businesses to restart operations.

California moved into Stage 2 on May 8. Starting on that date, businesses in the retail, manufacturing, and logistics sectors were permitted to resume operations to some degree as long as they followed strict protocols. These businesses include, but are not limited to, clothing stores, bookstore, jewelry stores, toy stores, shoe stores, antique stores, music stores, florists, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, and supply chains supporting these businesses. Businesses are encouraged to focus on curbside pick-up and delivery and practice physical distancing at all times. Businesses should have an outdoor breakroom with physically distanced seating and not allow employees to use any enclosed breakrooms. 

Before opening up to the public, businesses are required to take the following steps:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings.
  4. Implement protocols for disinfecting.
  5. Implement physical social distancing guidelines. 

Shopping malls, swap meets, car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, landscape gardening, office-based businesses, dine in restaurants, schools, child care facilities will be permitted to reopen later in Stage 2, or upon certification that the county meets the California Department of Health criteria and that the business is complying with specific industry guidelines. Governor Newsom stated that the reopening of higher-risk workplaces, such as hair salons, movie theaters, and religious services will happen in Stage 3, which is likely to be months away.

Additional guidance can be found at www.covid19.ca.gov.

We will continue to monitor the developing pandemic situation in California and provide updates as appropriate.