Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Plan for Reopening of California Businesses

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This week Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti echoed Gov. Gavin Newsom, who suggested that easing “safer-at-home” orders could be weeks away. Stay-at-home orders for L.A. County are in effect until at least May 15.

He added that the process will be gradual and won’t happen all at once.

The mayor laid out a vision today of how California’s businesses and organization may be allowed to slowly reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state plans to reopen those sectors in four stages, as described by Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell:

Stage 1: Everyone is either staying at home or a member of the essential workforce. This is the stage we are in now, and will stay in until a modification to the statewide stay-at-home order.

Stage 2: Reopening lower risk workplaces, including:

  • Non-essential manufacturing (toys, furniture, clothing, etc.)
  • Schools
  • Childcare facilities
  • Retail businesses for curbside pick-up
  • Offices where working remotely isn’t possible, but can be modified to make the environment safer for employees

Stage 3: Reopening higher risk workplaces, which require close proximity to other people, including:

  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Gyms
  • Movie theaters
  • Sporting events without live audiences
  • In-person religious services (churches and weddings)

Stage 4: Ending the stay-at-home order, which would allow for the reopening of:

  • Concert venues
  • Convention centers
  • Sporting events with live audiences

On the question of when we may be able to move from the first stage to the second, Newsom said he believes we are “weeks, not months away.” Stage 3 and 4, however, are “months, not weeks” in the future.

For more ideas, read our recent article “How You Can Lower Your Business Insurance Costs During COVID-19.”

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