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California Governor Gavin Newsom detailed the state’s plan to begin executing a phased exit from social distancing-enacted policies. The state’s nearly 40 million residents have been on lockdown since March 19.

According to Newsom’s plan, some “lower risk” non-essential businesses will be able to start reopening for curbside pickup services as early as Friday. These businesses include compliant clothing stores, bookstores, music/toy stores, florists and sporting good stores. Businesses reopening will be closely monitored, with local health officials responsible for giving the go-ahead.

Some counties may also be allowed to relax their social distancing requirements, as long as they are prepared to implement adequate testing/tracing programs. They must also have the ability to protect especially vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, homeless and incarcerated. “Millions of Californians answered the call to stay home and thanks to them, we are in a position to begin moving into our next stage of modifying our stay-at-home order,” said Gavin Newsom.

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