California Might Begin Reopening in Weeks

California Governor, Gavin Newsom, outlined a gradual plan for reopening the economy.

California Might Begin Reopening in Weeks
Gavin Newsom on reopening California’s economy. Uploaded by Shutterstock

On Tuesday, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, outlined a gradual plan for reopening California’s economy.

Newsom wants to reopen businesses according to a hierarchy of those best suited for social distancing. The reopening process will occur in four stages.

1. The current stage is a lockdown, during which the state government will continue to focus on making it safe for essential workers to do their jobs.

This means distributing protective equipment and developing more robust tracing and testing systems.

2. Allowing low-risk businesses and some public spaces to reopen, including factories, properly spaced work stations and non-grocery retail with curbside pickup.

Schools and childcare facilities will also be reopened. Employers will be required to give workers paid sick leave as COVID-19 protection.

3. Higher risk businesses will be allowed to reopen with certain safety precautions. These businesses will include nail and hair salons, gyms, movie theatres and sports with no live audience.

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4. Allowing events with crowds to occur after stay-at-home orders are lifted.

California Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond has suggested that the coming school year will likely blend in-person with remote learning to reduce the chances of infection.

The timeline is based on the assumption that the pandemic will become progressively less dangerous.

Unfortunately, Dr Anthony Fauci has suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic could be seasonal and that it will likely come back in a second wave during the fall and winter.

If this happens, then states may have to prepare for the second round of lockdowns.

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