June 2, 2020
More pandemic restrictions eased; Californians flattening the curve
SACRAMENTO (INT) It was announced Monday that some sectors of the economy, statewide, can begin reopening with modifications.

That will apply to office spaces and counseling services in places of worship, curbside libraries and drive-in movie theaters.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) based its decision on increased statewide and local capacity to respond to COVID-19, including stronger preparedness, continued stability in the number of hospitalizations, as well as increased ability to provide personal protective equipment to workers in essential sectors.

Governor Newsom praised Californians for slowing the spread of COVID-19. "As we seek an effective therapeutic or vaccine, we are moving into a new chapter in the fight against the disease focusing on protecting public health by lowering the risk of transmission and aggressively moving to protect vulnerable communities.

The CDPH also announced a new attestation opportunity for counties to move through Stage 2, opening additional sectors of their economy at their own pace.

It is accepting variance attestations that began Monday. This allows for approximately 10-14 days, the COVID-19 incubation period, between the introduction of the first variance and the second variance opportunity.

Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez believes Riverside County will meet modified county variance criteria to allow more sectors of the economy to reopen.
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