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‘Lower-Risk’ Businesses May Reopen Today!







Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday released guidelines for reopening lower-risk workplaces, advising retailers to increase pick-up and delivery, encourage physical distancing and install hands-free devices; manufacturers to close breakrooms, create outdoor break areas and physically distanced seating; and warehouse delivery services to carry sanitation materials during deliveries and use personal protective equipment for each stop.


Today, May 8, 2020, California moves into Stage 2 of modifying the state’s Stay-at-Home order. California’s progress in achieving key public health metrics will allow a gradual re-opening of California’s economy.


As we move into Stage 2, some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely. Before re-opening, all facilities must first perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.


At each stage of the reopening, the businesses and industries involved are being asked to make sure they meet the safety and preparedness milestones outlined in Stage 1 by visiting: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.


Before reopening, all facilities must:


· Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan

· 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

· Implement individual control measures and screenings

· Implement disinfecting protocols

· Implement physical distancing guidelines


It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19.


Can NOW open with modifications:


  • Curbside retail, including but not limited to: Bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores, florists.

  • Note: this will be phased in, starting first with curbside pickup and delivery only until further notice.

  • Supply chains supporting the above businesses, in manufacturing and logistics sectors

Stage 2 expansion will be phased in gradually. Some communities may move through Stage 2 faster if they are able to show greater progress. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the California Department of Public Health can open more workplaces as outlined on the County Variance page.


Can open later in Stage 2:

  • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets.

  • Personal services, limited to: car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening.

  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)

  • Dine-in restaurants (other facility amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted)

  • Schools and childcare facilities

  • Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces

When modifications are advanced and the state’s six indicators show we’ve made enough progress, we can move to the next stage of the roadmap.


Stage 2 expansion will be phased in gradually. Some communities may move through Stage 2 faster if they are able to show greater progress. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the California Department of Public Health can open more workplaces as outlined on the County Variance page.


Further guidance for regional variations is expected on Tuesday, May 12.


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