News Alert: San Bernardino County, CA: Shops, industries and outdoor recreation areas that can reopen today well dine-in restaurants and other businesses will not open yet.

Source: San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (Information and Press Release):

San Bernardino County, California: The County of San Bernardino has announced the following shops, industries and recreational facilities reopening on Friday, May 8th, 2020.

Many of these shops, industries and recreational facilities had to close to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These shops, industries and recreational facilities will be open under modified operations to reduce contact and ensure safety.

The County of San Bernardino also announced a list of businesses not to be open as of Friday, May 8th, 2020.

According to the County of San Bernardino, Phase 1 has been essential businesses, which were never required to be closed. The early phase of Phase 2 starting today are “lower risk” workplaces, including but not limited to bookstores, jewelry stores, clothing and shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores, and florists. To start, reopening efforts should be phased in, starting first with curbside pickup until further notice.
Supply chains supporting the above businesses can also open under this early stage of Phase 2, specifically in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. All businesses will need to modify operations to reduce contact, ensure proper distancing, and ensure proper PPE and sanitation equipment for all employees, preferably with outdoor breakrooms and physically distant seating. When businesses eventually open their doors to patrons, a workplace should restrict entry to 25 percent capacity and slowly advance from there as health indicators are evaluated.

“This is a key step in reopening our economy responsibly and safely,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “By beginning with mostly curbside operations for early Phase 2 businesses, we are giving business owners an opportunity to begin the process of ramping up their operations and ramping up our economy while ensuring the safety of their employees and patrons.”

As we proceed into the second stage of Phase 2, workplaces in additional sectors will open. Timing for this will be evaluated and announced as early as next week, and could include:

Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets

Offices, with physical distancing (although telework is still being encouraged)

Seated dining at restaurants, but with physical distancing

Personal services (not requiring close proximity with patrons), such as car washes and pet grooming.

Dine-in restaurants

Schools and childcare facilities

Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces

The ability to continue opening workplaces in Phase 2, and eventually higher risk Phase 3 businesses, will rely on several criteria. First, businesses must demonstrate their adherence to safety and social distancing guidelines. Second, county residents should also continue to practice accepted safety guidelines, such as the use of face coverings, six-foot distancing, and frequent hand washing.

Third, and most importantly, is the county must continue to demonstrate a flattening curve. Combined COVID positive and suspected cases must continue to go down (COVID positive has been relatively flat for the past month). Hospitalizations and ICU utilization have been well below projections. The use of ventilators has remained stable, and our hospitals still have significant capacity to accommodate a surge.

“We are confident that our residents and business owners will recognize that keeping the rate of COVID-19 cases and related deaths flat is a shared responsibility,” said Hagman. “We have it within our collective ability to act responsibility, whether you are working in a store or looking to visit one. We are asking all our residents to please respect safe distances and wear face coverings when indoors around other people. If we can support one another during this reopening, we can thrive within this new normal until a vaccine is found that will end this forever.”

High-risk individuals, and anyone who is sick, should continue to follow strict safe-at-home guidelines until further notice.

For more information regarding Reopening San Bernardino County as well as resources and the latest information regarding COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, California can be found on the County of San Bernardino’s COVID-19 website at:

http://sbcovid19.com/

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