News Alert: California: Governor Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines for reopening dine-in restaurants and shopping centers with modifications to reduce COVID-19 risk.

Source: Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Information and Press Release):

California: Governor Gavin Newsom has announced on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 that local health jurisdictions that meet the criteria set forth by the California Department of Public Health and follow the process in the county guidance may move through Stage 2 of the resilience roadmap and reopen more businesses before the State as a whole.

Having met the criteria, the following list of Stage 2 sectors, businesses, establishments or activities qualify to reopen in counties approved by the state only.

This list may be periodically expanded if the Chief Public Health Officer deems it to be in the interest of public health and safety.

– Dine-in restaurants

– Limited services

– Outdoor museums

– Shopping centers & all in-store retail

– All office-based workplaces

– All manufacturing industries supporting retail

– All logistics industries supporting retail

– Stage 1 Sectors

A list of counties that have met the criteria is available at:

*** County-by-County Guidance: ***

These sectors are not permitted to open statewide but may be open in counties that have received state approval.

Find your county’s most recent COVID-19 data:

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*** Dine-In Restaurants: ***

This guidance for Dine-in restaurants provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

– View Guidelines:

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for dine-in restaurants in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

– View Checklist:

*** Shopping Centers: ***

This guidance for shopping centers provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for shopping centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Statewide sector-specific directives jointly issued by CDPH and CalOSHA are available at: and will inform employers about providing their employees and patrons a safe and healthy environment.

As California moves into stage 2 of our resilience roadmap, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19:

– Plan and prepare for re-opening

– Make radical changes within the workplace

– Adjust practices by employees and help educate customers

Below is statewide guidance for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open per county health rules. Learn more and find industry guidance for counties that have received state approval to move faster into stage 2 on the County Variance page. The goal is a safer environment for workers and customers.

Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the guidelines.

Review the guidance that is relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action.

When complete, you can post the industry-specific checklist (below) in your workplace to show your customers and your employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Before reopening, all facilities must:

– Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan

– Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them

– Implement individual control measures and screenings

– Implement disinfecting protocols

– Implement physical distancing guidelines

It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace.

See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19 at the following website:

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:

– Personal services such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios

– Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms 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, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas

– Religious services and cultural ceremonies

– Nightclubs

– Concert venues

– Live audience sports

– Festivals

– Theme parks

– Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

More information regarding California’s guidelines to reopen the state as well as the latest on COVID-19 outbreak can be found at the following websites:


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