Butte County leaders to hold virtual conference on moving into phase 2 of reopening

After California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state would be moving into the second phase of reopening, Butte County officials said they're working to reopen swiftly.

Posted: May 7, 2020 3:57 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 1:30 PM

UPDATE: 10:29 a.m. Friday, May 8 – Butte County Public Health and county leaders announced they will be holding a virtual press conference Friday, May 8 to discuss how residents and businesses can reopen and move through Phase two of Gov. Gavin Newsom's reopening plan.

Public Health officials said the conference will include additional guidelines and mitigation specific for Butte County.

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – After California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state would be moving into the second phase of reopening, Butte County officials said they're working to reopen swiftly.

Gov. Newsom mentioned during his daily press conference that some counties may be able to move further into stage two of his four-phased plan for the state - if counties can prove that specific public health criteria is in place. 

RELATED: California governor allows some retail reopening with limits

The beginning of stage two of Newsom's plan includes low-risk workplaces. Stores that will be allowed to open with curbside service if they meet other safety requirements include bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores. Higher-risk businesses like hair salons and gyms, offices and dining in restaurants will come later. 

Butte County Public Health officials said they have received the criteria that must be met to prove the county's readiness to move further into stage two.

"We are working to compile and submit our attestation and reopen plan to the State to allow our county to swiftly reopen," Butte County health officials announced in a press release. "Until our attestation and plan are received by the State and Dr. Miller has completed a phone consultation with the California Department of Public Health, only sectors of business indicated by the Governor's stage 2 plan may reopen with modifications."

RELATED: California guidance to safely reopen workplaces

The Butte County plan will include mitigation measures by sector.

Action News Now will provide updates on the Butte County reopening process as details become available. Get caught up on the latest news headlines and video clips from Action News Now

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