California allows in-store shopping across state with approval by county health officials


Retailers across California can now reopen their doors to shoppers as long as county health officials approve and the businesses follow safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, state authorities said Monday.

The move was only previously allowed in counties that have met the state’s criteria to reopen more businesses under the second phase of California’s four-stage recovery roadmap.

According to the state’s website on Monday, only 12 of 58 counties have not attested that they’re ready to reopen stores and malls for in-store shopping and restaurants for dine-in services.

That includes Los Angeles County, which has reported roughly half of California’s COVID-19 cases.

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