Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new plans to reopen California. This means that you will be able to go to restaurants and retail shops again within a matter of days. The state is slowly starting to reopen.
We are "days not weeks" away from this big change, said Newsom.
He recently announced a four stage plan to reopen the state's economy. Right now, we are in stage one, which focuses on flattening the curve and enforcing social distancing.
Phase two of the plan will allow some lower risk businesses to reopen.*
He went on to say, "I just want folks to know that we are getting very close to making really meaningful augmentations to that stay-at-home order."
However, the businesses reopening will operate under modifications to ensure caution during COVID-19.
This could include limited seating in eateries and social distancing would still be in place.
Customers will also still be required to wear face coverings while in public.
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The next stage, phase three, is "months, not weeks away," said Newsom.
This would entail bringing back personal care services such as gyms, spas and salons, religious services, and other places where workers would come into close physical contact with customers.
Finally, stage four would end the stay at home order and bring back large-scale gatherings such as concerts, in person sporting events, and convention centers.
As waves of protesters take to the streets of California for May Day, Newsom had three words for them. "We hear you," he said.
The stay at home order was introduced on March 19. As of April 30, there were 48,919 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California and 1,982 fatalities.
Important information on protecting yourself from the virus, employment, and alerts can be found on the California Department of Public Health website.
* This article has been updated.