California to let schools, gyms, bars reopen next week

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 17:21:11-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will begin allowing the reopening of schools, day camps, bars, gyms and some professional sports with modifications at the end of next week.

Mark Ghaly, the state's top health official, says the state plans to release guidance on Friday for counties to follow to reopen a broad range of businesses that have been closed since mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The guidelines were not immediately available.


The rules on schools and day camps will apply state wide. But only counties that have met certain thresholds on cases, testing and preparedness will be allowed to follow the guidance on other sectors.

The state's county-by-county variance is available online here.

San Diego's Board of Supervisors voted this month to send a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom requesting they be allowed to reopen the local economy.

The board voted 4-1, with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher voting "no," to reopen gyms, hotels, nail salons, wineries and breweries, churches at full capacity, theme parks, youth sports, charter and fishing boats, community pools, and museums, Supervisor Jim Desmond tweeted.

This week, the City of San Diego announced it would begin reopening several popular beach-area parks, piers, and boardwalks this month.

The county also started to allow sitting and relaxing on beaches in addition to passive activities already allowed.

As of Friday morning, San Diego County had reported 7,940 coronavirus cases and 288 deaths. About 1,380 people have been hospitalized and 395 people were in intesive care with the virus.