Gov. Newsom reveals guidelines for CA restaurants to open dine-in services

He also announced several modifications to the stay-at-home order

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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Governor Gavin Newsom released details on the state's guidelines for dine-in restaurants to open in California.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Governor Gavin Newsom announced new modifications to the statewide stay-at-home order, allowing for malls, strip malls and outlet malls to open for pick-up with social distancing practices, and also provided guidelines for dine-in restaurants to reopen.

Gov. Newsom made the announcement during his daily briefing on Tuesday. Physical shopping will not be allowed in those stores yet, and he said business offices that are unable to telework could reopen with social distancing modifications as well. Car washes and pet groomers are also able to reopen with modifications.

The state also provided detail on their guidelines for dine-in restaurants.

The governor said that approximately 70% of the state's economy is now able to be open with modifications, and added that verification is still needed to open more based on region.

Butte County and El Dorado County are the first counties to move further into Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan, according to Gov. Newsom, who said he's been in contact with 27 other counties about moving further into that phase. When counties go further into Phase 2, the following can reopen:

  • 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
  • The California Restaurant Association recommends that only family members or people who live together sit at the same table. Buffets, salad bars and shared baskets of bread would not be available for service.

    On Monday, Newsom said salt and pepper shakers on tables could be replaced with bottles of hand sanitizer, and meals could arrive from food servers who are wearing face masks.

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    The announcement comes days after several retailers and businesses around the state were able to open with modifications. California moved into Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, but the governor hinted Phase 3 could be just on the horizon.

    The third stage involves opening California's higher risk workplaces, but Newsom warned this could look different for each county.

    "We will work with every county every city in a practical and responsible way, but here's the caveat, this is a health-driven conversation," he said. "Public health dictates we do this in a judicious and thoughtful way."

    In addition to restaurants, Phase 3 also includes hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, gyms, movie theaters and sporting events without live audiences.

    Newsom, along with the governors of Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Washington, asked Congress for one trillion dollars in aid on Monday.

    He said a significant portion of the funds, if approved by the federal government, would go toward public safety and health, as well as public education affected by the pandemic.

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