Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Governor Gavin Newsom said more restrictions from the state’s stay-at-home order could be lifted in the coming weeks citing continuing “good trend lines” in California’s bid to address COVID-19.

The state earlier this month began letting counties expand business operations, entering an expanded version of stage 2 of the reopening, if they met certain Calif. Dept. of Public Health criteria. Currently 24 counties have met those guidelines, most of them in northern or central California.

Statewide hospitalizations are down 7.5% over 14 days with ICU patients down 8.7%.

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Newsom said Monday if those trends continue in-store retail, sporting events without live audiences and hair salons could potentially open up around the first week of June in most counties.

In this part of stage two of the reopening, retailers can operate with curbside pickup. Manufacturing, logistics and child care businesses are also opening.

There are four stages in the state’s phased reopening.

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