SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- UPDATE: California's shelter-in-place order is continually being amended. For the latest on the state's coronavirus response, find full COVID-19 coverage here.
California ordered nearly all residents to stay home and limit social interaction until further notice to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the statewide order on March 19.
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"This is a moment where we need some straight talk and we need to tell people the truth," Newsom said. "We need to bend the curve in the state of California and in order to do that -- we need to recognize reality."
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California released new guidelines May 12 to lay the groundwork for reopening dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and office buildings as part of Phase 2 of reopening the economy. Since then, the state has announced more businesses allowed to reopen. However, counties are allowed to move slower in reopening, based on local COVID-19 conditions.
The order for the entire state impacts 40 million people in California, including San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Kern, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Sonoma Kern and Fresno counties.
At first, everyone was required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. Starting in May, state and local officials began to slowly roll back some restrictions. (See more below.)
If you go out, officials say you need to keep at least 6 feet of distance.
That includes working in a healthcare, infrastructure, emergency responder capacities such as:
On April 22, Gov. Newsom announced Californians would also be allowed to start scheduling essential surgeries once again, effective immediately. (Read more here.)
Californians are still allowed - and encouraged - to get outside for fresh air and exercise. Park and beach closures vary at the local level, but the state is updating a running list of permitted outdoor activities, which can be found here. A few examples of permitted BMX biking, canoeing, cycling, rock climbing, crabbing, trampolining and walking the dog. See the full list of varied activities on the California COVID-19 website.
Starting May 8, the state is allowing retail businesses to open for curbside pickup. Manufacturing and logistics work can also resume. Across all sectors, businesses need to follow new safety guidelines in order to reopen. Read more here.
Starting May 12, the state was also allowing some counties to reopen dine-in restaurants, office buildings and schools. But in order for a county to reopen those sectors, they have to prove to the state the spread of COVID-19 is under control locally. (Read more here.)
Since then, Gov. Newsom has continued to add to the list of sectors allowed to reopen. See them all here.
Note that local guidelines may be stricter or more lax.
"Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code 120295, et seq,)" the order reads.
There's no precise end date at this time. Gov. Newsom says he'll evaluate the state's progress on six criteria before allowing the state to fully reopen.
Read more on Newsom's plan to reopen California here.
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