In an effort to find the best path for reopening, states in the US have been gathering task forces to create a guide map for the eventual reopening of businesses.
Last week, the Reopen Florida Task Force met several times to give guidelines and recommendations from members such as Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro. From those recommendations, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to provide an update on the state’s reopening later today. California has also formed its own task force, including members such as the Walt Disney Company’s Bob Iger. This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement that seems to give a timetable on the proposed reopening of the state.
According to the Orange County Register, Governor Gavin Newsom laid out a four-stage plan along with Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell on when to reopen California’s businesses. Currently, California is still in Stage 1 with stay-at-home orders in place.
Stage 2 would reopen “lower risk” workplaces such as retail stores, manufacturing plants, and offices and is likely “weeks” away according to Newsom. Stage 3 is “months” away and would reopen “higher risk” businesses like salons, gyms, and theaters.
Large gathering spots and venues would open in Stage 4. Newsom did not specifically mention theme parks like Disneyland during the presentation, but it could be safe to assume they would reopen during Stage 4 as well.
For businesses to reopen during Stage 4, Newsom believes that they would have to wait until a treatment for the health crisis is available.
Newsom made clear during the presentation his intentions with this road map by saying, “Politics will not drive our decision making. Protests will not drive our decision making. Political pressure will not drive our decision making. Science, data and public health will drive our decision making.”
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