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Gov. Newsom announces specific guidelines for restaurants to reopen

Governor Gavin Newsom
Posted at 1:15 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 17:39:37-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today Gov. Newsom announced specific guidelines available for various industries in their intention to reopen. Restaurants through specific guidelines are able to move towards in room dining once those guidelines have been fulfilled.

These guidelines include employee training, disinfecting protocols, screening processes as well as physical distancing guidelines. Only when these guidelines can be fulfilled is when restaurants can move forward to reopening.

Newsom strip malls and outlets malls, with consideration of the specific guidelines, can open for pick-up only.

While these guidelines referring to specific industries have been made available, the state is not ready to move into phase 3.

Check here for a full list of guidelines for specific industries, and updated numbers for hospitalizations, positive tests and lives lost.

In an effort to make COVID-19 tests available to more residents, 76 sites for testing in rural areas have been made available and are fully operational.

Community sites are currently testing for free, and now pharmacies have the ability to administer tests as well.

While testing has made progress, California still hasn't reached the goal of total tests administered per day.

In regard to Kern County specifically, Newsom had this to say: "It was brought up just yesterday with the wonderful outreach and the spirited cooperation we received from Kern County that described in their county certain conditions that they would like our health directors to consider to allow a modification of sorts based upon data, based on science, based upon their unique circumstances where we can apply some flexibility."

Lastly, the most important announcement is California's progress that is being made in protecting the most vulnerable residents - the elderly and homeless.

Project Room Key has been a major success, with a total of 15,000 rooms made available with 7,000 people already brought into those rooms.

A point that cannot be stressed enough is the application of these guidelines enforced on a local level.