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Retail Stores To Open Curbside Service Friday

05/07/20

Read the full article on KPBS here.

Retail stores across the region can open for curbside service as early as Friday provided they meet San Diego County's guidelines, but shopping malls, dine-in restaurants, outdoor museums and offices with social distancing will remain closed until the next phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The stores able to open Friday include bookstores, music stores, jewelry, toy, antique, home and furnishing, sporting goods, shoes, clothing and florists, but customers are still not allowed inside the building, so the stores will have to operate through curbside service or deliveries. Manufacturing, warehouse and logistics businesses supporting those businesses will also be able to open Friday.

All businesses opening as part of "Phase 2" must complete a safe reopening plan, found at www.sandiegocounty.gov/coronavirus.html, and post it publicly. All employees must be given copies of the plan.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher reported the county was amending some of the childcare health orders it had set down in March, including raising the number of children allowed in independent childcare groups with one adult from 10 to 12, and allowing shared use of hard-surfaced areas such as kitchens and bathrooms -- provided those common areas saw consistent cleaning. These modifications bring San Diego County more into alignment with California's recommendations.

"We plan to move consistent with the governor's guidance," he said.

A proviso in Newsom's reopening structure is the ability of some counties to move faster in reopening businesses like dine-in restaurants, bars and malls if those counties meet certain standards. Fletcher said this standard includes no new COVID-19 related deaths for a period of time that is highly unlikely in any of California's large, urban counties anytime soon.

Fletcher said Wednesday that employers and employees should get used to increased health surveillance, including daily temperature checks. He said the best way to prevent the spread of the illness is "changing our individual behavior," but that by sending sick employees home, businesses could help.

The county and its partners noted a marked increase in daily tests Thursday, with 3,325 completed, before adding that several hundred tests from previous days were just counted Thursday. The rate of positive tests was 3%, a significant drop from the rolling average of just over 6%.