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California Partially Reopens Today

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Earlier this week Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California would begin partially reopening on May 8th. And guess what, that’s today!

So what does that mean? Good question!

Today marks the start of Stage 2 of Newsom’s 4 part plan to reopen California. This stage consists of allowing lower risk businesses to open back up as long as they’re following specific safety guidelines.

Newsom stressed that not all counties needed to open up today though, allowing each one to do what works best for their particular situation. Many Bay Area counties, including San Francisco and Alameda, and won’t be joining Stage 2 until possibly May 18th. SF Gate reports that Sonoma, Solano, and Napa counties are opening up today while the other six Bay Area counties are still on hold.

So what businesses can reopen during Stage 2? I’m so glad you asked the question as well! Here we go:

Can Open on May 8th 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.

Can Open Later in Stage 2, But NOT on May 8th:

Guidance from the state will be provided next week under what conditions counties can allow these businesses to open

  • 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

Can NOT Open in Stage 1 or Stage 2:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services, such as bars and lounges
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming facilities, and pro sports
  • Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

In the meantime we just have to wait and see what comes next.

Stay safe and sane everyone!

Shoutout to SF Funcheap for acting as a source for some of the above information.

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