SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel said she will revise her shelter-in-place order later this week, after Gov. Gavin Newsom releases information about slightly loosening statewide restrictions.

Newsom is expected to launch Stage 2 of his “Reopening Roadmap,” which will allow retail businesses to offer curbside pickup for their customers.

This includes bookstores, clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores and other over-the-counter retailers. In addition, manufacturing and supply chain workplaces supporting these businesses may open. Social distancing protocols must be followed in all of these settings.

Other types of businesses such as shopping malls, dine-in services, hair and nail salons, movie theaters and others must stay closed. 

Newsom will announce further guidance on Thursday.

Business owners are advised to review State guidance to determine whether their establishments may reopen as well as operational practices, so that they may avoid enforcement actions, Newel state in a press release.

“This step is an indicator of progress,” she said. “However, we remain vigilant in our efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19, and we will carefully review our disease models for adverse impacts before reopening other sectors of our community and economy.”

The new order requests that the Santa Cruz County Sheriff–and all chiefs of police in the county–will enforce this order. Violators are subject to fine, imprisonment, or both. 

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