California says range of activities — including gyms and bars — can reopen soon


Lone runner in the Bay Area. | AP Photo

Lone runner in the Bay Area. | Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

OAKLAND — California is giving counties the green light to reopen a broad range of sectors — most starting June 12 — including gyms, bars and museums, state public health officials announced Friday.

The guidance also covers music, film and television industries as well as day camps, hotels, tribal casinos, campgrounds and zoos. It also offers guidelines for professional sporting events without audiences.

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This seems to be the broadest range of sectors the state has addressed in a single day since it started allowing counties to reopen based on reaching metrics in areas such as infection rates and testing capacity. The state has already allowed other industries to move forward, including retail, restaurant dining, child care and offices.

When Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday was asked about reopening nail salons, he said he had been working over the last few weeks with members of the industry and Asian American caucus and expected to issue guidance soon. But nail salons were not included Friday.

Newsom said during Friday’s press briefing, “When we put out guidelines in every sector … we put out a document that is a ‘how’ document but does not prescribe ‘when’ these counties move forward. That will be on the basis of counties making that determination for themselves based upon the unique conditions in their respective communities.”

State Public Health Officer Sonia Angell cautioned residents not to assume the risk that the virus is gone “just because some businesses are opening.”

“As we continue to release guidance on how different sections can reopen with modifications, it is important to remember guidance doesn’t mean ‘go.’ Your local health officer will make the final decision about which sectors will open guided by data specific to your community.” she said in a statement.

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