California will allow some businesses to reopen with curbside pickup

California will allow some businesses to reopen with curbside pickup, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday — as the number of counties openly defying his coronavirus stay-at-home order grew to three.

Newsom said retailers including clothiers, sporting-goods stores and florists could resume limited operations on Friday as part of a Phase 2 reopening of the Golden State’s giant economy, the Associated Press reported.

The move doesn’t cover eat-in dining at restaurants or the reopening of offices, which were previously included in the second stage of the embattled Democratic governor‘s four-part reopening plan.

Earlier Monday, the northern counties of Sutter and Yuba allowed businesses to reopen on the condition that they limit customers and enforce social-distancing rules.

Those decisions followed the lead of rural Modoc County, where Sheriff Tex Dowdy said a lack of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the county’s 9,000 residents led to Friday’s “staged, safe” reopening.

Also Monday, Newsom’s administration approved the reopening of beaches in the Orange County cities of Laguna Beach and San Clemente, based on plans to avoid overcrowding and enforce social distancing, AP said.

Newsom came under for fire for closing all of Orange County’s beaches after a heat wave last month led to crowded conditions.


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