California’s Reopening Plan Moves to Stage Two

May 13, 2020Alerts

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced April 11 that that California has moved on to early Stage 2 of its reopening planbut only for cities and counties that obtain state approval.

Under Stage 2, certain businesses, establishments or activities may qualify to reopen including:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Limited services
  • Outdoor museums
  • Shopping centers & all in-store retail
  • All office-based workplaces
  • All manufacturing industries supporting retail
  • All logistics industries supporting retail
  • Stage 1 sectors (essential businesses)

The state published specific guidance for restaurants, as well as a checklist to use for reopening planning, and to post for the public. For any restaurant considering reopening, these lists are a great place to start.

There is also guidance and a checklist for shopping centers, another very helpful resource.

The following sectors remain closed throughout the state:

  • Personal services such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Entertainment venues such as movie theaters, gaming facilities, and pro sports indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds and picnic areas
  • Religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

Keep in mind that each city and county is governed by particular local orders. Chances are that many businesses (especially those in more populated cities and counties, including Los Angeles), will remain closed in many respects through summer.


For questions about this alert, contact Nancy Yaffe, a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Department, at [email protected].

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