Saida Maalin | Contributor
Riverside County has reopened certain businesses to allow curbside pickup–only–as California moves into Stage 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening strategy.
“CA is led by data and SCIENCE,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom in a twitter post.
Per guidelines established by California Governor Gavin Newsom, a few of the low risk businesses to open up last Friday included clothing, music, toys and furniture and bookstores, in addition to flower shops, etc.
“Supply chains supporting these businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors may also operate,” said Riverside County Officials in a press release.
As stay-at-home orders loosened, beauty salons and dine in restaurants are deemed high-risk and remained closed. This week, the governor loosened restrictions on dine-in restaurants, bars, etc. in counties meeting all of the state’s reopening requirements. Riverside County is not among them, though they are seeking a waiver for more rapid, Phase 2 reopening.
Newsom has a 4 stage plan introduced in April, to reopen the state’s economy. The stages begin with Safety and Preparedness, Lower Risk Workplaces, Higher Risk Workplaces and finally, ending the state’s stay-at-home order. Each stage is to environmentally modify and implement safe work spaces in higher and lower risk sectors by ensuring everyone is prepared.
“As a county, we stay focused on the mission of achieving progress across multiple benchmarks of public health and meet the capacity to eventually get more sectors of the economy reopened. With that said, I look forward to working with Public Health and the Economic Recovery Taskforce to ensure a cautious reopening through this phase and into the next phases,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.
Stay-at-home orders have been extended in California possibly through the summer and COVID testing is available as locations increase the number of tests on individuals they are capable of performing in a day to 3,200 from 2,200.
County officials are hopeful, the more tests taken, the more information health officials can gather, will enable them to decide to open higher risk businesses sooner rather than later.
For more information on the roadmap to end stay-at-home orders visit https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.