By Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun
On Friday, May 8 Governor Newson announced that the State of California will start its preliminary stages of reopening the economy. This by no means that businesses will begin to conduct in a normal manner.
This means moving from an essential/non- essential status to a lower risk status. Businesses such as book stores, music stores, toy stores, flower shops, sporting goods retailers, clothing stores and others are able to reopen but for curb-side pick up only.
Manufacturing companies and supply plants that supply good to these retailers will also be allowed to open back up with the exception of spacing between employees, no open break rooms, and employees must be supplied with and wear protective gear.
In-restaurant dining, carwashes, and some office buildings could be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks only if data proof is provided by the county public health department showing there have been no deaths and no more than one case per 10,000 people in the next 14 days. The Governor wants to see some stabilization before allowing things to start returning to normal.
This is not much of a change for Kern County since many businesses are doing the curbside pick-up. “It’s critical that businesses and employers understand how they can reduce the risk of transmission and better protect their workers and customers. COVID-19 will be present in our communities until there is a vaccine or therapeutic, and it will be up to all of us to change our behavior and eliminate opportunities for the disease to spread.” Newsom said in a press release on Friday.
The state is following a Resilience Roadmap system. The Resilience Roadmap stages that California is using to guide its gradual reopening process are:
•Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness
•Stage 2: Lower-Risk Workplaces
•Stage 3: Higher-Risk Workplaces
•Stage 4: End of Stay at Home Order
More information on each stage can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/
While many aspects of the guidance are the same across businesses, consideration was given to industry-specific methods. According to the State of California, the examples are the following:
•Retailers should increase pickup and delivery service options and encourage physical distancing during pickup – like loading items directly into a customer’s trunk or leaving items at their door.
•Retailers should install hands-free devices, if possible, including motion sensor lights, contactless payment systems, automatic soap and paper towel dispensers, and timecard systems.
•Manufacturing companies should close breakrooms, use barriers, or increase the distance between tables/chairs to separate workers and discourage congregating during breaks. Where possible, create outdoor break areas with shade covers and seating that ensures physical distancing.
•Warehouses should minimize transaction time between warehouse employees and transportation personnel. Perform gate check-ins and paperwork digitally if feasible.
•Warehouse workers should clean delivery vehicles and equipment before and after delivery, carry additional sanitation materials during deliveries, and use clean personal protective equipment for each delivery stop.
During this crisis a Proclamation was made on Thursday, May 7, as per Governor Newsom:
Today, we observe the National Day of Prayer amid historic challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt changed the way many Californians practice their faith. Whether tuning in remotely to religious services or conducting cherished rites over the phone, Californians have worked to find new ways to connect with one another and live out their faith while keeping their communities healthy.
Though houses of worship may be empty, hearts are not. We stand with all Californians who make time for prayer and reflection during these extraordinary moments.
We also remember those we have lost in this crisis, and draw strength and resilience from the extraordinary heroism on display all across the state.
Throughout this COVID-19 emergency, Californians from all walks of life have stepped up to keep faith with our values of inclusion, generosity and community. We honor the heroic health care workers, emergency response personnel and essential workers from all lines of work, as well as volunteers who are safely checking in on their vulnerable neighbors.
They remind us that we are one California, all ready to protect one another, and committed to emerging from this crisis stronger and more united than before.
With Californians from all faiths and backgrounds observing this day in a multitude of ways, we are also reminded of what makes California great – our remarkable capacity to live together and advance together across every conceivable difference, which will once again see us through challenging and uncertain times.
NOW THEREFORE I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2020, as a “Day of Prayer” in the State of California.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 7th day of May 2020.