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Some stores can reopen on Friday

GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM announced Thurthat some California businesses could reopen on Friday (Flickr/Amehdize).

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced that lower risk workplaces and businesses would be allowed to reopen starting on Friday. This “Early Phase Stage 2” is a next step toward further loosening restrictions on public activity during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Californians, working together, have flattened the curve. Because of that work, our health data tells us that California can enter the next stage of this pandemic and gradually begin to restart portions of our economy,” said Newsom.

“It’s critical that businesses and employers understand how they can reduce the risk of transmission and better protect their workers and customers. COVID-19 will be present in our communities until there is a vaccine or therapeutic, and it will be up to all of us to change our behavior and eliminate opportunities for the disease to spread.”

Generally speaking, retail businesses can reopen on Friday but solely by providing curbside service pickup and delivery only.  Stores affected would include those that sell books, jewelry, clothing, shoes, home furnishings, sporting goods, music and flowers.

The supply chains that service the above can also reopen.

Not allowed to reopen are dine-in restaurants, bars, lounges, shopping malls, swap meets, car washes, nail salons, schools and child care facilities, movie theaters, professional sports, theme parks, hotels, festivals, religious services and cultural ceremonies.

According to the governor, if the state is able to further “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases, it would be followed by Stage 3, which will allow for the adaptation and reopening of movie theaters, religious services and more personal and hospitality services.

Stage 4 would be the end of the “Stay at Home Order,” which would include the openings of areas of highest risk, such as concert venues, conventions and sports arenas.

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