Following Governor Newsom’s order to close indoor dining and operations for restaurants in 19 counties, shortly after reopening, and the expansion to include nail salons, gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, barbershops and hair salons, malls and non-critical offices in counties on the watchlist, a coalition of Chambers of Commerce and business associations throughout the state came together to formulate proposals for reopening California businesses in a logical and methodical manner that maintains the safety and health of customers, workers and the public.
The California Coalition for Safe Re-Opening, building on previous efforts, proposed a Three Point Economic and Public Health Recovery Plan – immediate measures that should be considered prior to any more business shutdowns. With further closures and an expansion of previous closures coming in the weeks to follow, our 3 points below are more important now than ever.
1. Expanded resources and empowerment of local authority in COVID-19 code enforcement and public safety agencies to supplement State & County Health inspection of businesses, schools, places of worship and other non-profits to help ensure safe re-openings.
2. Creation of a Safe Re-Opening Taskforce that would work directly with the State, County and Local officials to identify sustainable and long-term solutions to open and remain open during COVID-19. This would include mandatory rapid testing sites, recovery centers and implementation of a COVID-Safe Certification program which includes COVID Safe training for employees, PPE supplies and protocols instituted and implemented, spaces reconfigured for safe seating, protective barriers, and new technology and ventilation systems.