The state is allowing Riverside County florists, bookstore, toy shops, clothing stores, sporting goods stores, department stores, and other small business retailers to offer curbside delivery and pickup services starting tomorrow, May 8. Supply chains supporting these businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors may also operate. The move marks the second phase of a four-stage reopening roadmap laid out by Governor Newsom at the end of April.
Seating in restaurants will not be allowed, nor will other in-house services such as beauty salons and barber shops, in accordance with the state.
The county is not placing additional restrictions determining which businesses may operate in the governor’s reopening phase that starts tomorrow.
“Governor Newsom announced a limited move into stage two of the four-stage economic reopening plan, allowing gradually for more modes of commerce to resume, with modifications,” said Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “As a county, we stay focused on the mission of achieving progress across multiple benchmarks of public health and meet the capacity to eventually get more sectors of the economy reopened. With that said, I look forward to working with Public Health and the Economic Recovery Taskforce to ensure a cautious reopening through this phase and into the next phases.”
Riverside County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair and Second District Supervisor Karen Spiegel said she was disappointed to learn that businesses can’t reopen quicker. “I was disappointed to learn that we can’t reopen quicker and further disappointed by the limited list of business types that may reopen tomorrow. Rest assured that we will continue working with our state partners and public health officials to create a safe and responsive framework.”
Before reopening, all facilities must perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan, train employees on how to limit the spread of coronavirus, including how to screen themselves and for symptoms and stay home if they have them, and implement individual control measures and screenings, disinfecting protocols, and physical distancing guidelines. Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the guidelines.
For a list of the types of businesses available for curbside delivery and pickup, visit www.covid19.ca.gov/roadmap.