By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Information and Press Release):
California: Governor Gavin Newsom revealed during a press briefing on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 a four stages plan to gradually reopen California amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
California Governor Gavin Newsom laid out the stages of how California’s businesses, schools and childcare facilities allowing them to slowly reopen.
The state plans to reopen those sectors in four stages, as described by Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell:
– Stage 1: Everyone is either staying at home or a member of the essential workforce. This is the stage we are in now, and will stay in until a modification to the statewide stay-at-home order.
– Stage 2: Reopening lower risk workplaces, including:
Non-essential manufacturing (toys, furniture, clothing, etc.)
Retail businesses for curbside pick-up
Offices where working remotely isn’t possible, but can be modified to make the environment safer for employees
– Stage 3: Reopening higher risk workplaces, which require close proximity to other people, including:
Sporting events without live audiences
In-person religious services (churches and weddings)
– Stage 4: Ending the stay-at-home order, which would allow for the reopening of:
Sporting events with live audiences
On the question of when we may be able to move from the first stage to the second, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that he believes we are “weeks, not months away.” Stage 3 and 4, however, are “months, not weeks” in the future.
Moving into Stage 2 will require a modification of the statewide stay-at-home order, but once we enter the second stage, local governments will have more options.
At that point, counties will be allowed to relax restrictions more quickly or more slowly, based on conditions at the local level.
California Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged that as schools remain closed, there is a “learning loss” for California’s students.
To make up for some of that lost time, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is considering starting the 2020-2021 school year earlier.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said that the state is considering starting the 2020-2021 school year as early as July 2020 to make up for “loss learning,” though no decision has been made yet.
In order to work toward Stage 2 of reopening, Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell said the state is continuing to monitor hospitalization rates to ensure they stay stable.
In the meantime, they also need to ensure there’s an adequate social safety net that allows workers to stay home if they’re feeling sick.
Businesses also need to have plans to make workplaces safer for employees when they are allowed to return.
Even during Stage 2, people should continue to work remotely if possible, continue physical distancing and wear face coverings when appropriate.
Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell said that in order to move into Stage 4, where stay-at-home restrictions are lifted and people will be allowed to come together in large numbers, therapeutics will need to be in place.
“This is going to be a while, but there are ways we can modify the way we move around in our environment that will make it more possible (to reopen),” said Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell.
The California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is continuing to monitor six key criteria on the path to reopening:
– Expanding testing and doing contact tracing for those who test positive
– Being able to protect California’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors, homeless individuals and those with compromised immunity
– Ensuring medical facilities are equipped to handle potential surges
– Working with research hospitals and other research partners to pursue therapies for the virus
– Making sure businesses, schools, and other public spaces can continue physical distancing
– Being able to return to more strict measures, as needed
*** More information regarding the four stages plan to reopen California can be found soon at the following website: ***