Newsom loosens rules on when California communities can reopen

Newsom loosens rules on when California communities can reopen
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia Gov. Newsom calls for statewide use-of-force standard Watch live: California Gov. Newsom holds press conference amid George Floyd protests Chief Justice Roberts wisely defers to California governor in church challenge  MORE (D) on Monday loosened restrictions for areas of the state seeking to reopen nonessential businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated orders detailed on the governor's website indicated that counties will no longer be blocked from entering phase two of the state's reopening plan if they have seen a fatality from a coronavirus case in the past two weeks.

In order to move into phase two, counties in California must now show "[s]table hospitalizations of COVID individuals on a 7-day average of daily percent change of less than 5% OR no more than 20 COVID hospitalizations on any single day in the past 14 days," according to the website.


“We recognize the conditions across the state are unique and distinctive depending where you are,” Newsom said Monday at a press conference, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Newsom's new guidance comes as California has seen just over 80,000 cases of coronavirus and reported more than 3,300 deaths from the disease. The governor has been facing pressure from local leaders for weeks over issues such as allowing tourists to resume visits to beaches.

Some sectors of the state's economy, including bars, nightclubs and nail salons, have not yet been granted permission to reopen.

Newsom revealed earlier this month that researchers believe the state's outbreak of coronavirus originated in nail salons.