The California Department of Public Health announced the statewide reopening of places of worship for religious services and in-store retail shopping.

The Office of the Governor of California made the pronouncement via twitter.

This is a major step in California’s emergence from shutdown orders issued in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus, said CBS8.

The retail guidance for in-person shopping that is already in place for certain counties, including San Diego County, now applies statewide, officials said. 

Guidelines provided by the state are intended to help reduce the risk for workers and customers in retail stores.

“Modifications are required to keep Californians safe and limit the spread of COVID-19,” according to the state health department.

According to the CBS8 report, the key prevention practices listed by the state include:

  • Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible
  • Use of face coverings by employees (where respiratory protection is not required) and customers/clients
  • Frequent handwashing and regular cleaning and disinfection
  • Training employees on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan

Retail does not include personal services such as hair salons, nail salons and barbershops.

Reopening is subject to approval by county public health departments.

Last week, retail shopping resumed in San Diego County following approval of a plan submitted to the state requesting the county be allowed to move forward with an accelerated Stage 2 reopening. 

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