Clothing Stores, Florists, and Other California Businesses May Be Able to Open as Soon as Friday—with Restrictions

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that the state is on schedule to begin phase two of the reopening process

Thanks to improvements in hospital capacity, testing capability, tracing, and a stabilization of the COVID-19 infection curve, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday that some low-risk businesses may be able to reopen as soon as Friday, with some strict regulations in place.

According to Newsom, this stage of the reopening—phase two—includes allowing places like clothing stores, florists, book stores, and sporting goods stores to open for curbside pickup only; some manufacturing and logistics facilities will also be able to reopen with modifications to their operations. Offices that allow for telecommuting, restaurants with seated dining, and shopping malls are not part of this phase, the governor stressed.

Newsom is expected to announce more details about the business sectors allowed to reopen and the social distancing precautions they’ll have to abide by during his Thursday address.


The third phase of California’s reopening—which includes protester faves like gyms, nail parlors, and hair salons—may still be months away. The fourth and final phase, which will allow mass gatherings like concerts to resume, appears to be much further off.

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