Reopening Hair Salons, Pro Sports, Churches In A Few Weeks, Says Newsom

By Marilyn Nelson on May 18, 2020
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In today’s press briefing on KCRA, Governor Newsom hinted that California may be allowed to reopen more businesses in the coming weeks.

The governor even talked about allowing sporting events by June 1st – with a serious catch. 

“Sporting events, pro sports, in that first week or so of June WITHOUT SPECTATORS and modifications and very prescriptive conditions also can begin to move forward,” Newsom said.

Hair Salons and churches may be allowed to reopen around the same time.

Newsom believes that California has made enough meaningful progress that more counties may be allowed to reopen dine-in restaurants and office buildings as part of Phase 2 in the coming days and weeks.

“We estimate roughly 53 of the 58 counties would be eligible to move into this phase,” Newsom said.

He didn’t specify which five counties wouldn’t be eligible for further reopening.

Counties must meet the following criteria in order to get permission to reopen dine-in restaurants:

    • No more than 20 people hospitalized in the county for the last 14 days
    • No more than 25 individuals diagnosed with COVID per 100k residents in the past 14 days
    • Test positivity rate of less than 8%

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