Phase two of the plan to reopen California is coming soon. In a live press conference today, Governor Gavin Newsom made a special announcement. California restaurants and retail stores can reopen this Friday, May 8. 

"This is an optimistic day. [But] just because you're open, doesn't mean customers show up," he said.

What does phase two of reopening mean?

California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell answered that question during the conference.

As early as the end of this week, you could see retail shops opening back up for pick-up.

This would include clothing stores, bookstores, music shops, toy stores, sporting goods stores, florists, and more.

However, offices, dine-in restaurants, and shopping malls can't open yet, since they are higher risk places during the health crisis, said Angell.

Newsom had a special word for businesses that opened up early in violation of the state's stay-at-home order.

"There may [be], in some cases, unfortunate consequences in that," he said.

Licenses have been threatened to be taken away from bars and restaurant bars that reopened without permission. This caused about 80 businesses to close.

Changes to the stay-at-home order will come later this week with specific guidelines on how to reopen.

Some California regions can move further into phase two of reopening if they can adequately test, provide contact tracing, physical distancing, and sanitation for residents.

On the other hand, it's also okay for other counties or regions to be more strict, said Newsom.

California's stay-at-home order was issued on March 19 and is still in effect, as is the six feet apart social distancing rule.

Residents who go outside their homes are required to wear protective face coverings in many cities and counties across the state. 

Make sure to check with your local county website for guidelines, restrictions and up to date COVID-19 information. You can also find up to date COVID-19 information on the governor's website.

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