Newsom: Counties can set reopening pace — after meeting state criteria

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he is empowering local counties to decide when they reopen their local economies.

The state has released guidance for more than a dozen different areas of the state’s economy on how they can reopen safely. Counties still have to meet the criteria outlined by the state to move from one phase to another. Once they’ve done that, Newsom said, it’s up to local leaders to decide if they’re ready.

“The sectoral guidance have included over 17 sectors of our economy that can reopen, and we expressed in that guidance how we can safely reopen the economy. We didn’t say when. We said how. The ‘when’ question is determines by local health officials,” Newsom said. “The state puts out the guidelines by sector on how to safely reopen. It’s the counties, working with their health director, that can determine the pace of when. The state is not dictating, is not mandating those dates.”
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