LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Although it was left unclear when Los Angeles and Orange counties might act to facilitate the lifting of the restrictions, the California Department of Public Health has announced a statewide reopening of in-store retail shopping, considered a major step in California’s emergence from shutdown orders issued in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The retail guidance for in-person shopping that is already in place for certain counties now applies statewide, officials said. Retail does not include personal services such as hair salons, nail salons and barbershops.
The May 25 announcement on in-store shopping came as Gov. Gavin Newsom also released guidelines for resuming in-person services at churches and other houses of worship.
“Together, our actions have helped bend the curve and reduce infections in our state. As sectors continue to open with changes that aim to lower risk, remember that COVID-19 is still present in our communities,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s public health officer and director of the health department.
“As more of us may be leaving our homes, keeping physical distance, wearing face coverings in public, and washing your hands frequently are more important than ever to help protect yourself and those around you.”
Reopening is subject to approval by county public health departments. Los Angeles County retail businesses inside enclosed shopping malls were allowed to reopen the past weekend, but only for curbside pickup service.
Orange County has resumed in-restaurant dining and allowed curbside service for stores located in shopping centers.