California: reopening update
California is "many days, not weeks" from entering a second phase of recovery, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on May 1, updating his "weeks not months" guidance provided just days earlier on April 28.
In phase two, more retailers, manufacturers, small offices and childcare operators here in Anaheim and across California will be able to reopen with limitations and modifications.
Restaurants, with limitations, were added to that phase-two list on May 1.
We are expecting to hear more details on moving to phase two early next week.
Anaheim will follow any easing in California's stay-at-home order with a gradual reopening of some businesses in our city.
Currently, we're in the first phase of a four-phase plan the governor has identified for a gradual reopening and recovery.
Phase one is various containment, staying at home as much as possible and with only essential businesses allowed to operate.
After moving to phase two, salons, barbers, gyms, movie theaters, sports without fans and places of worship would come next in phase three, according to the governor.
Conventions, concerts, sports with fans and large entertainment gatherings could come later in phase four.
We anticipate that The Anaheim Resort, which includes theme parks, the convention center, hotels, restaurants and shops, will span phases two, three and four.
Timing for phases three and four would be in "months not weeks," the governor said.
Anaheim schools and others across California could resume classroom learning with an early start to the new school year, possibly in July or August.
As we hear from Anaheim's school districts, we will update the Schools section on our coronavirus
Guidelines released by Orange County for businesses on April 28 are designed for when -- and not before -- California starts to ease its stay-at-home order.
You can read Orange County's business guidelines
We have been bracing our community that reopening will be gradual, and California has reaffirmed that.
Physical distancing, face coverings and other measures we're following now will be with us for some time.
To get from phase one -- our current phase of coronavirus containment and safeguarding essential workplaces -- to phase two, California is looking for:
- Employer flexibility and government policies to allow workers to stay home if they are sick, including sick pay
- Implementation now of physical distancing, barriers and other preventive measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread in workplaces and at businesses
- Continuing to work from home and teleconference as much as possible
- Continuing physical distancing, wearing face coverings, limiting non-essential trips and outings
- Expanded testing to quickly address future cases in a gradual reopening
- Stabilization in hospitalizations and intensive-care cases, as well as the ability of hospitals to handle future outbreaks
- Sufficient supplies of medical-grade masks and other personal protective equipment for testing and healthcare
- Contact tracing of those recently in contact with someone confirmed to have Covid-19 to ensure self-isolation and to prevent future spread
For Anaheim, lower risk retailers, manufacturers, small offices and childcare operators should begin making changes to be ready for opening in phase two.
This means developing plans to bring employees and customers back in limited numbers.
For employers, that could be with rotating, in-person shifts for some while others continue to work from home.
It means layout changes to offices, factories and other sites to afford more distance among those who will be working onsite. It also means looking at physical barriers including cubicle walls and plastic barrier shields.
Public serving businesses will want to think about staggered shifts, limited operating hours and appointments where possible to limit the amount of people on hand at any one time.
You'll also need face coverings, gloves and other preventive gear and stepped up cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces and frequently visited areas.
Businesses, workplaces and gathering places covered under phases three and four need to be doing the same planning and preparation.
We know businesses are struggling with the stay-at-home order, and this requires effort and spending that won't be easy.
But getting your business or workplace ready now means you'll be able to open as soon as California clears us to do so and get on to recovery sooner.
Our residents need to keep doing what needs to be done -- staying home as much as possible, staying six feet away from others you don't live with, wearing face coverings and cleaning and disinfecting.
These measures will be with us for a long time. Mastering them now will ease the reopening and recovery process.