Calif. Gov. Newsom outlines ‘Phase 2’ guidelines for low-risk businesses
UPDATED 4:47 PM PT — Thursday, May 7, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced new guidelines for ‘phase two’ of his plan to reopen some businesses across the state. On Thursday, Newsom said low-risk businesses, such as book, music, clothing and sports stores, will be among the establishments opening their doors on Friday.
However, only curbside pickup will be available.
NEW: Today CA released guidance for some lower risk industries to begin re-opening.
Starting TOMORROW places like:
Along with manufacturing and logistics associated can start to re-open.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 7, 2020
Newsom has said these measures are meant to keep people safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. He noted if there is progress toward flattening the curve, a ‘phase three’ may be on the horizon.
The governor also addressed the state’s projected budget shortfall, which could cost billions of dollars.
“My optimism is conditioned on this: more federal support. End of the day, with this happening in such a short period of time. We’re seeing economic numbers, the unemployment numbers now: 4.3 million people, just since March 12th, have filed for unemployment insurance. $11.9 billion of unemployment claims have been processed, checks have been cut, just since March 15th.”
– Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
He went on to say certain counties will be able to apply to lift their restrictions on a case by case basis. However, they will need to prove they have sufficient hospital beds, as well as the capability to conducting sufficient testing and contact tracing.