California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his plan Tuesday to move the state out of its current stay-at-home order and return to normal.
On the same day Newsom said schools may open in July, the governor’s office has laid out a general four-stage plan to modify the order until eventually the public is able to move about and congregate like it did before the coronavirus crisis.
Below is a breakdown of the plan, starting with the current, most restrictive stage:
Stage 1: Safety and preparedness
- The state will build up testing, tracing, PPE and hospital capacity
- Prioritize safety for workers and customers in essential workplaces
- Prepare safety guidelines for expanded workforce, broken down by industries
Stage 2: Lower-risk workplaces
- Gradually open some lower-risk businesses and workplaces, adapted for social distancing
- Curbside pickup for retail businesses
- Reopen manufacturing businesses
- Office workers may return if telework is not possible
- Increase access to public spaces
Stage 3: Higher-risk workplaces
- Use restrictions on gathering sizes and other limits to reopen higher-risk workplaces
- Salons and gyms reopen with restrictions
- Movie theaters and sports (without live audiences)
- Religious services return to in-person settings
Stage 4: End of stay-at-home order
- The highest-risk environments will be reopened once appropriate treatments are developed
- Live sporting events with fans
- Concerts and festivals
If social distancing pushing down the number of new cases, Newsom says the second stage could come in a matter of weeks.
Stage 3 is months away, and the final stage of reopening fully is contingent on the development of treatment, meaning it is a matter of several months, maybe more than a year.