“Moving quickly Tuesday afternoon, the governor’s office announced it is giving the go-ahead now to seven counties to reopen some businesses, including Placer County, the largest and most urban county in the state so far to get the green light,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.
“Placer officials said the move appears to allow the region’s largest shopping mall, The Galleria at Roseville, to reopen. The Galleria owner, Westfield Corp., however, could not be reached immediately for comment about when and how it might make that move.
“Also getting the go-ahead late Tuesday were Amador, Shasta, Nevada and Lassen counties, all small northern California areas where the coronavirus spread has been limited.
“Earlier in the day, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s health officials announced that El Dorado County and Butte County as the first to be allowed to take advantage of his plan to allow regional variances in when counties can reopen some businesses.
“Under that plan, Newsom said he will allow counties to reopen restaurants for interior-dining and well as stores for in-store shopping.
“With roughly 390,000 residents, Placer is by far the largest county in the state to get approval to move into the next phase of reopening. All told, more than 1.1 million people live in the counties where portions of the economy are permitted to open.
“Newsom announced his plan last week in an effort to allow areas whose economies are hard-hit but where coronavirus numbers are low to get a head start on reopening businesses.
“The governor said 27 of the state’s 58 counties have been in contact with the state Department of Public Health, going over the steps they must take and the standards they must meet to be allowed to reopen businesses.”
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