Lib Gov: ‘We’re Not Going Back to Normal’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said as many counties around the state prepare to reopen retail for curbside pickup Friday, maintaining physical-distancing measures will be crucial to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread.

“We’re not going back to normal,” said Newsom, who gave Tuesday’s press briefing from the site of a Sacramento business called Display California. “It’s a new normal with adaptations and modifications, until we get to immunity and a vaccine.”

Newsom first announced yesterday that some retail sectors (including bookstores, clothing shops, sporting goods stores and flower shops) can resume business as long as their local officials give approval and they make changes in their operations, such as having workers wear masks. The governor will detail the new guidelines and requirements later this week.

This marks the start of the state moving into the second of four phases for reopening (read about each stage on SFGATE). Restaurants and hospitality are also a part of Stage 2, and while Newsom didn’t announce a statewide reopening of those sectors, he said they can resume operations in rural counties with approval from elected leaders and health officers.

Continue reading at SFGATE.

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