Reopening 2.0: Gavin Newsom Unveils New Framework for Resuming Businesses

California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled stricter reopening guidelines Friday, having apparently learned a valuable lesson from the state’s last reopening experiment. Under the new rules, counties that relax restrictions on businesses must back their actions up with data.

Counties with more than seven new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people per day and a test positivity rate of above 8% are considered Tier 1, which necessitates closure of most nonessential businesses. Restaurants can operate, but only outdoors.

Four to seven COVID cases per 100,000 people per day constitutes Tier 2. Restaurants can operate indoors at a maximum capacity of 25%. Once a county reaches Tier 3, restaurants can operate indoors at 50% capacity. Tier 3 counties have 1-3.9 new COVID cases per 100,000 and a 2-4.9% positivity rate.

Finally, there’s Tier 4 — less than one new case per 100,000 people a day and a positivity rate under 2%. Tier 4 counties can open most businesses, including indoor restaurants at maximum capacity as long as certain safety measures are in place.

Additionally, the governor has announced that hair salons and barbershops can open for indoor service statewide as of Monday, provided they use distancing policies and masks. Some counties, such as Los Angeles, are choosing to keep hair salons and barbershops closed for the time being. 

Schools are also affected by the new rules. For counties in Tier 2-4, which maintain that status for 14 days, limited in-person instruction will be permitted. At the moment, that applies to around 20 counties.

One of the major caveats is how long it takes for a county to move to the next tier. It cannot progress to the next phase until 21 days have passed.

Read more about the new reopening framework at the Los Angeles Times.



Monday, October 12, 2020 - 05:35

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