U.S. COVID-19: California Governor Newsom Announces Guidelines for Some Non-Essential Retailers to Reopen
May 8, 2020
Authored by: BCLP, Merrit Jones, Marcy Bergman, Jennifer Jackson and Tom Lee
One day before allowing “low-risk” retailers to reopen on a limited basis, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced guidelines for certain retailers, manufacturers and other businesses to reopen fully during Stage 2 of the state’s reopening plan.
Even prior to full implementation of these guidelines, retailers perceived as presenting a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 can reopen on a limited basis, such as by offering curbside pickup, as early as today. As we previously reported, Newsom has stated that such retailers include shops that sell items such as clothing, books, music, toys, sporting goods, and flowers.
At the press conference on Thursday, it was recommended that retailers offering curbside pickup take precautions such as having employees wear masks and gloves, bringing merchandise to a designated pickup location at the entrance or curbside, and encouraging use of payment methods and devices that reduce contact between employees and customers.
Whether non-essential retailers can reopen will also depend on the county and city where they are located. Seven Bay Area shelter-in-place orders have been extended through May 31. Los Angeles County’s order is set to expire May 15. Governor Newsom has stated that local governments have a right to issue and enforce stricter orders than the state, where warranted.
Under the state’s reopening roadmap, prior to reopening, all businesses are expected to:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen