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Updates from Governor Newsom on California’s Stage 2 Reopening

On May 5, 2020

On May 4, 2020, Governor Newsome announced that California will be ready to begin moving into Stage 2 of the reopening process beginning Friday, May 8. The state will continue providing structure around the four-stage process and will be releasing guidelines for Stage 2 this Thursday, May 7. The stay at home order will be modified to allow lower-risk businesses and some public spaces to reopen, provided they follow the state guidelines in order to continue preserving public health. The decision was based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators and a Report Card was released showing how the state has made progress in fighting COVID-19.

“Millions of Californians answered the call to stay home and thanks to them, we are in a position to begin moving into our next stage of modifying our stay at home order,” said Governor Newsom. “But make no mistake – this virus isn’t gone. It’s still dangerous and poses a significant public health risk. As we move into the next stage of reopening, we will do so with updated guidance to help qualifying businesses make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure to customers and workers. Californians should prepare now for that second stage of reopening.”

Businesses Included in Stage 2

The Stage 2 guidelines that will be released later this week will be for businesses in the retail, manufacturing, and logistics sectors. If these business meet the guidelines and modifications provided by the state in order to lower the risk of transmissions, they will be able to reopen as early as Friday, May 8. Examples of businesses that can reopen include:

  • Bookstores
  • Clothing stores
  • Florists
  • Sporting goods stores

Other sectors will be included later in the Stage 2 opening process. Places that will not be able to open on May 8, include:

  • Offices
  • Seated dining restaurants
  • Shopping malls
  • Schools

Counties will be able to either opt for more restrictive measures based on their local conditions or move quickly through Stage 2 if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria.

Download the Return to Work Checklist

Are you an employer preparing your workforce to get back to work? Our partner, The HR Support Center, has published an HR-related Return to Work Checklist. It has reminders on postings and policies; health and safety; and best practices. Whether or not certain businesses will be reopening soon, this checklist may be helpful in thinking about certain policies or practices when the time comes.

Download Return To Work Checklist

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