7 California counties get OK to reopen more quickly

Posted at 10:21 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 13:36:20-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom further eased the coronavirus chokehold on California's economy when he announced Tuesday that car washes and pet groomers could resume services and business offices can reopen for people who can't easily work from home.

Malls can begin offering the same curbside pickup allowed for other retailers.

Newsom also followed through on his promise to allow some counties to reopen businesses more quickly if they have been minimally harmed by the pandemic.

Seven rural Northern California counties -- El Dorado, Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Amador and Shasta -- had their plans approved by the state. Among other things, the counties can open restaurants to diners.