After weeks of stay-at-home orders, California will allow some retailers to reopen on Friday.
Here is what is open and what is not based on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan:
Open with curbside service
Sporting goods retailers
Other “low-risk” retailers
The governor’s office said it also was hoping to allow some manufacturing and logistics businesses to reopen with social distancing and safety rules.
Guidance for businesses before they reopen
- 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 guidance
Best practices for reopening
- Retailers should increase pickup and delivery service options and encourage physical distancing during pickup — such as loading items directly into a customer’s trunk or leaving items at their door
- Retailers should install hands-free devices, if possible, including motion sensor lights, contactless payment systems, automatic soap and paper towel dispensers, and timecard systems
- Manufacturing companies should close break rooms, use barriers or increase distance between tables and chairs to separate workers and discourage congregating during breaks. Where possible, create outdoor break areas with shade covers and seating that ensures physical distancing
- Warehouses should minimize transaction time between warehouse employees and transportation personnel. Perform gate check-ins and paperwork digitally if feasible
- Warehouse workers should clean delivery vehicles and equipment before and after delivery, carry additional sanitation materials during deliveries, and use clean personal protective equipment for each delivery stop
Source: State of California
What’s coming next
Newsom has said he hopes to have more information about restaurants in the coming days. Schools could reopen under modifications in the summer.
What remains closed
Offices, shopping malls and dine-in restaurants are still ordered shut. Personal grooming businesses, entertainment venues, live concerts and sports are also not included in the first phase of Newsom’s reopening plan.
Los Angeles County
Some business can reopen Friday.
Nonessential businesses reopening for curbside pickup with adherence to distancing and infection-control protocols
- Clothing stores
- Music stores
- Sporting goods stores
- Toy stores
- Car dealership showrooms (open for sales with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols)
Many outdoor parks and recreational facilities will reopen Saturday, provided all users adhere to distancing and infection-control protocols
- Golf courses (not including pro shops or dine-in restaurants)
- Trails and trailheads
These rules remain
- Wear a face covering while on trails and when running errands
- Wash hands throughout the day
- Stay six feet away from people who don’t live with you
The city of Long Beach is allowing golf courses, as well as trails and their associated parking lots to reopen under similar restrictions Friday.
The following businesses can do pickup service beginning May 18:
- Music and record stores
- Hobby, toy and game stores
- Home furnishings and home goods stores
- Cosmetics and beauty supply stores
- Arts supplies stores
- Musical instrument and supplies stores
- Sewing, needlework and piece goods stores