Law & Order

California Outlines Framework for Reopening State

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week six indicators that will enable him to modify the Golden State’s current stay-at-home order and reopen its economy.

California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:

  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed.
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19.
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges.
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand.
  • The ability for businesses, schools and childcare facilities to support physical distancing.
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

California was the first state to issue a statewide stay-at-home order due to the Coronavirus. SEMA has compiled a state-by-state directory of closures and essential business definitions, which is continuously updated.

While no specific timeline was given for lifting his order, Governor Newsom, along with the Governors of Oregon and Washington, also announced plans to work together on a regional strategy for loosening current restrictions.

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