California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap is risk-assessment based approach to reopening businesses, schools, and activities statewide by starting with reopening sectors and activities (with modifications) that have a low risk of transmitting COVID-19. The Roadmap is broken into four stages, which are:
- Stage 1: Safety and PreparednessCounty and private organizations are working together to make it more consistently safe for essential workers, like grocery store employees or nurses. Those workers may need more protective equipment and a more robust testing and tracing system.
- Stage 2: Lower Risk WorkplacesSome lower-risk businesses and public spaces can reopen, also with modifications to allow for distancing. Those include workplaces like factories, office based businesses with more spaced-out work stations, or nongrocery retail stores, but with curbside pickup. Schools and child care facilities also would be reopened during this phase.
- Stage 3: Higher Risk WorkplacesHigher-risk businesses will be able to reopen — again, with modifications. This includes nail and hair salons, gyms, movie theaters and sports without live audiences, as well as in-person religious services.
- Stage 4: End of Stay-at-Home OrderThe end of the state’s stay-at-home order. That will be when concerts, conventions and sports with a live crowd will be allowed to reopen.
California is now in the initial phase of Stage 2, which allows retail businesses (such as bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores) to conduct retail sales by curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping. In addition, the Governor now allows manufacturing, supply chain, and logistical support businesses that support retail businesses to operate. All businesses must operate consistent with sector specific guidance issued by the State.
More information about California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap Update, including sector specific guidance, can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/