COVID-19

Early Phase 2 Reopenings Begin Tomorrow – Details and Resources

Early Phase 2 Reopenings Begin Tomorrow – Details and Resources

Early Phase 2 Reopenings

Today, the Governor announced that California would move to the early stages of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 response effective tomorrow, May 8. Early Phase 2 reopens retail for curbside pick-up, manufacturing and logistics. Offices and restaurants have not yet been released to open but are slated for later in Phase 2. There are no changes to essential businesses including agriculture. Requirements for counties to move further into Phase 2 will be published on Tuesday, May 12. 

Resources

The best informational resource for early Phase 2 is the state website: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

Here are a number of guidance documents also provided on the website that you may find useful:

Guidance: Agriculture

Guidance: Office Workspaces

General Checklist for Office Workspaces

General Checklist for Agriculture

Looking forward, you may want to prepare for temperature checks and face covering requirements, especially in more urban areas. 

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Thanks to Kahn, Soares, Conway for this report. Click here to download the report (pdf).