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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on September 25, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in California, we recommend that you visit the Secretary of State's website or the California COVID-19 portal.

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Description of Program and Relief

Guidance Regarding Reopening

On April 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the Resilience Roadmap, a four-stage plan for reopening California. Stage 1 was governed by the statewide stay-at-home order, which went into effect on March 19, 2020. Stage 2 allows lower-risk workplaces to reopen under specific guidelines. Stage 3 allows higher-risk workplaces to reopen under specific guidelines. Stage 4 ends the stay-at-home order and allows highest-risk venues, such as concert halls and sports arenas, to reopen.

On May 8, 2020, California started the first phase of Stage 2 by allowing Californians to gradually reopen some lower-risk businesses and public spaces, with new regulations in place. In this stage, if there are no countervailing city or county restrictions, curbside or delivery-based retail can reopen. Additionally, related manufacturing and logistics/warehousing facilities can also reopen, as long as workers can be properly distanced and other regulations are met.

Effective July 13, 2020, due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, the Governor has implemented certain roll-back measures. For example, all counties state-wide must close indoor operations in such sectors as dine-in restaurants, wineries and movie theatres. Additionally, businesses operating as bars must close both indoor and outdoor operations unless offering sit-down/outdoor dining meals. For detailed industry-specific guidance, see here.

Before reopening, all facilities should: (1) perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan; (2) train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them; (3) implement individual control measures and screenings; (4) implement disinfecting protocols; and (5) implement physical distancing guidance.

Businesses should check for any additional city or county restrictions, which can be found here, before proceeding under the Resilience Roadmap. Under the Governor’s plan, certain business sectors in particular counties can reopen more quickly than the state order allows, so long as the counties’ plans meet certain criteria, which can be found here. For example, while hair salons and barbershops are not permitted to open statewide, they have been permitted to reopen on a county-by-county basis in keeping with guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, which can be found here. Conversely, regions with stricter restrictions, like the Bay Area, can keep those restrictions in place.

Government or Lead Agency

California Office of the Governor

Dates Available

Stage 2 reopening is effective as of May 8, 2020. Rollbacks were implemented July 13, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

For industry-specific guidance on reopening, see here.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

For general information about state COVID-19 resources, call 1-833-422-4255 (1-833-4CA4ALL).

List of Additional Information

For Governor Newsom’s Press Release on Stage 2 of reopening, see here.

For information on the modifications to the stay-at-home order, see here.

For California’s roadmap to reopening, see here and here.


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