California governor Gavin Newsom has revealed that the state is aiming to reopen schools and some workplaces within the next few weeks, but said this will only happen if testing and tracing of coronavirus is improved.
The state’s governor opened the door to the state reopening in the coming weeks, while speaking at his daily briefing on Tuesday.
He said that the state would begin the second phase of its coronavirus response, by opening schools and some workplaces, and added: “Phase two is in weeks, not months.”
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He confirmed that the second phase of the response will only go ahead if the state’s ability to test for and trace the virus, as well as its stocks of personal protection equipment (PPE), are improved, according to Reuters.
Mr Newsom added that schools might reopen in the summer, which would start the next school year earlier than was originally planned, before the outbreak forced the state to shut them.
“We are considering the prospect of an even earlier school year,” he said. “we need to start preparing for the physical changes in the schools.”
The governor added that non-essential businesses could also reopen in the next few weeks, and highlighted manufacturing facilities and certain office spaces as possibilities.
State Public Health Officer Sonia Angell said that phase two of the plan is to get some businesses open again.
“The goal here will be creating opportunities for lower-risk sectors to adapt and reopen,” she said, and added that in order for this to happen, they need to make “the workspace environment as safe as possible.”
The governor added that it wil take months for social gatherings, concerts and some workplaces to reopen again.
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