Gov. Newsom details rules for businesses opening in California on Friday

Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials revealed a set of guidelines for some businesses to reopen in California.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials revealed a set of guidelines for some businesses to open in California on Friday.

Retailers such as bookstores, toy stores and sporting good stores will be able to reopen, and their associated manufacturers can resume production.

We've outlined the guidelines based on business sector:


Retailers can now provide curbside pick-up while practicing physical distancing and wearing face masks and gloves when interacting with customers.

The state said retail businesses should install hands-free devices for payments or to introduce non-direct payment methods, such as paying online.

Stores will need to have hand sanitizer outside of their doors for customers that are picking up items and inside for employees.


Manufacturing plants that supply to reopened retailers will need to implement social distancing between their employees on the floor.

The state said companies should close their indoor break rooms and, if they're able, create open-air break rooms with seating that follows social distancing. The same applies for warehouses.

Workers and delivery drivers should have proper PPE. Delivery trucks should be stocked with sanitation supplies.

The state health department said all industries in California should outline detailed risk assessments for their businesses, train their employees on how to limit spread of the virus, implement temperature checks and update cleaning procedures.


Newsom announced earlier this week that some local governments that believe their cities are further ahead of the state's curve to implement more modifications as long as they meet certain criteria:
  • Cities must have no more than 1 COVID-19 case per 10,000 people with the last 14 days
  • Cities must have reported 0 COVID-19-related deaths in 14 days
  • Cities must be able to support essential workers who are exposed or become sick from the virus
  • Cities must be able to provide disinfectant supplies and protective gear for essential workers
  • Cities must be testing 2 people per 1,000 people within their population for COVID-19
  • Cities must have 15 tracers per 100,000 residents
  • Cities must be able to house at least 15% of their homeless
  • Local hospitals must be able to support a surge of 35% and provide PPE for their healthcare workers
  • Local nursing facilities must have more than 14 day supply of PPE before cities move further into modifications

  • The governor said these local governments need to have the approval from their county health departments and board of supervisors to move forward.

    Newsom said seated-dining in restaurants, shopping malls and outdoor museums are businesses that could reopen later during phase two.

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