California Moves Closer to Full Reopening—Bars, Gyms and Schools Set to Reopen Friday

COVID-19 Update

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday, June 5, that the state was preparing to move to Phase 3 of the Resilience Roadmap, representing a major shift toward reopening after nearly three months of some form of lockdown. Most “higher-risk” businesses will be permitted to open unless their local county adopts stricter criteria than Newsom’s statewide guidance. Counties will need to meet previously listed variance criteria on infection rates, preparedness and hospital capacity to satisfy Newsom’s Phase 3 requirements.

Under the Governor’s announcement and guidance issued by the state Department of Public Health, sectors and businesses that are now permitted to reopen include:

  • Film and television production
  • Bars, restaurants (if not already open) and wineries
  • Gyms and physical fitness establishments
  • Schools
  • Day camps
  • Campgrounds
  • Professional sports
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Casinos, racetracks and cardrooms

As they reopen, businesses will need to conform to statewide industry guidance for safety and disease-control protocols. In addition, businesses will be permitted to reopen only to the extent allowed by their local health officer and city or county health order, so businesses must check to make sure that reopening is permitted by both state and local authorities. Manatt’s county-by-county guidance tracker provides up-to-date information on local orders across the state. Counties may also impose additional restrictions or requirements on businesses in these newly opening sectors. For example, Los Angeles County has limited retail establishments to opening at 50% capacity.

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