Courtesy of San Benito County:
In Governor Newsom’s May 29 press conference he announced that counties that had a local variance would be proceeding into Phase 3 of his Resilience Roadmap.
Governor Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap is a comprehensive plan described to “Phase in higher-risk workplaces at a pace designed to protect public health and safety, beginning with limited personal care and recreational venues (with workplace modifications).”
Governor Newsom said in his press conference that counties and their Public Health Officers would make the decisions to proceed into Phase 3 “at their own pace.” A subsequent meeting with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) later that afternoon on May 29, 2020 clarified procedures for counties with a variance.
CDPH, more specifically Secretary Ghaly, indicated that once the state issues guidance, similar to how the guidance was released for Beauty Salons and Barber Shops, the local Public Health Department in consultation and assessment with the Health Officer, may proceed to open those specific sectors.
The guidance will be released and posted on the Governor’s website at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/. San Benito County and the rest of the local variance counties are ready to receive guidance from the Governor’s office so counties can work towards assisting more industries reopening in the county. The County will continue to monitor the COVID-19 data in the county to ensure continued stability and can demonstrate the degree of preparedness required has been achieved and that the county is able and prepared to respond.
Some industries listed in Stage 3 include but are not limited to nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness centers, libraries, indoor and children’s museums, art galleries, public pools, playgrounds, community centers, movie theaters, zoos, hotels and colleges.
The Governor indicated that industries in Phase 4, large gathering spots such as concert halls, theaters, live-audience sports venues, nightclubs and festivals will remain closed until the pandemic is over, via a vaccine, viable treatment program or herd immunity.