California started phase two of reopening today on May 8. In Governor Gavin Newsom's update, he revealed that hair salons and movie theaters could reopen in less than one month.
Phase 3 "may not even be more than a month away," Newsom said. Guidelines for dine-in restaurants will be released on May 12.
He added, "We just want to make sure we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety and allow the businesses to thrive in a way that is sustainable."
What would this mean for you?
Phase three of six of reopening would bring back "higher risk" businesses such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, and gyms.
It would also bring back popular hangout spots like movie theaters and sporting events with a live audience.
May 7, Newsom revealed that the first known community outbreak of the novel coronavirus occurred in a nail salon.
Given his current reopening plan, Newsom would allow businesses to reopen in stages.
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This ensures proper social distancing measures would be in place to help flatten the curve.
During his live press conference today, he went on to say "Roughly 70% of the economy in the state of California can open with modifications into this next phase."
"I know 70% is not 100%, and I recognize that 'with modifications' means 'with restrictions' and 'with restrictions' means a struggle for businesses to get back where they were pre-pandemic."
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During this time, he encouraged residents to follow the rules and support local businesses in safe ways like buying from their local florist.
"They need your support and they haven't gotten the kind of support they deserve. You will be determinative of whether or not they survive," he said.
California officials are working on guidelines to allow buildings, dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, and museums to open next, he said.