THE NEUTRAL ZONE

As of May 27, California became the fourth state in the country to surpass 100,000 COVID-19 cases, following New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. The state also increased efforts to reopen the state, with the hope that social distancing and safety measures would prevent new outbreaks. 

The state of California is currently in phase 2 of reopening, with many counties constituting their own unique restrictions and guidelines. Across the state, businesses that will be allowed to reopen, include retail, manufacturing, outdoor museums, and schools. 47 counties in California, however, have been approved for faster reopening and can also reopen barbershops and dine-in restaurants. Los Angeles County is not included in that list due to accounting for nearly half of the state’s total cases.
   
Some health officials have expressed concern that the state is reopening too rapidly. Sen. Steve Glazer (D-CA) argued that the Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) was caving into political pressure and ignoring the state’s data. California health officials also have questioned the easing of stay-at-home orders that may come with additional issues of misunderstandings due to the variations in strategies from county to county.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

California may be reopening too quickly, state health official warns – Fox News – 5/28/2020
Speaking to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dr. Sara Cody, health officer for Santa Clara County, said she was troubled by the state now allowing gatherings of 100 people for various purposes and noted that the pace at which the state is reopening at large is “concerning.”

California reopening speeds up even as state hits 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases – Los Angeles Times – 5/28/2020
The Los Angeles Archdiocese plans to begin gradually reopening churches, with measures to prevent crowding and physical contact, as soon as next week. The wildly popular — and photographed — Runyon Canyon Park has reopened, with additional measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Too soon for data, California reopens more businesses – CNBC – 5/28/2020
While Newsom swiftly ordered much of the state to shut down when the crisis began, he’s now leaving reopening decisions to local officials, laying out goals for counties on testing, tracing and hospitalizations. California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said the state guidance is “not a direction or a determination” that a county should allow certain businesses to reopen.

Coronavirus updates: What can reopen, what can’t as California hits 100,000 cases – Sacbee – 5/28/2020
Right now, California as a whole is in Phase 2 of reopening, which includes businesses state health officials have classified as involving a lower risk for virus transmission. This involves things like retail shopping, manufacturing, office spaces and in-restaurant dining, all with required modifications to operations intended to limit spread of the contagious virus (things like requiring the use of masks, or restricting a building’s normal occupancy).

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

KTLA on Twitter, 5/28/2020: DMV doors reopen at 46 more field offices around California, including West Covina, San Bernardino and Van Nuys

Janice Hahn on Twitter, 5/28/2020: Yesterday, the @CountyofLA’s Public Health Department applied for a variance with the State of California. If granted by the Governor, restaurants, hair salons, and barbershops in LA County could reopen as soon as this weekend with limited capacity and health protocols in place.

Ruth Graham on Twitter, 5/28/2020: One of California’s most prominent megachurches is still not ready to reopen.

Los Angeles Magazine on Twitter, 5/28/2020: One public health officer is worried that the rush to reopen is putting people at risk.

TheSceneSD on Twitter, 5/28/2020: The popular San Diego attractions would be ready to reopen on July 1, the coalition said, but the authority to reopen attractions lies with the state of California.

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