California Governor, Gavin Newsom, announced new guidelines on Friday on how businesses in the state of California can operate depending on a county’s COVID-19 status. 

On Friday, Newsom announced a “stringent”, “simple and slow” framework for counties to use in opening their local businesses. 

He calls it the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.”

“COVID-19 will be with us for a long time,” Newsom said. 

According to Newsom, the state will assign the counties a color based on their “case rate” and COVID-19 “positivity rate.” 

The color will determine “how businesses can operate” in a county, he wrote on his Twitter post. 

He also released a chart showing four colors or tiers assigned for each situation: minimal, moderate, substantial, and widespread. 

The color will also determine how safe the counties are, and up to what extent a business can open.

The tiers will be updated weekly, Newsom said.

Also, counties have to stay at a color for at least three weeks before going down the tier. 

Pressure From San Diego

Recently, businesses and local leaders in California increased the pressure for Newsom to come up with guidelines for opening businesses in the state. 

The state of California recently took San Diego off the state’s monitoring list. 

However, there are no clear guidelines for its next step. 

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer himself asked the question via a Twitter post.

“What does a county do when it gets off California’s COVID watch list?” he asked. 

However, according to him, “no one knows” since the state of California does not have a set of guidelines for that situation yet.

There are concerns on the economic effects of business closure and restrictions, Faulconer wrote a letter of request to Newsom.

According to the letter, he wants Newsom to “provide a clear process for counties” that are able to get out of the State’s monitoring list. 

According to Faulconer, “no process currently exists” for a business that has to conduct their operations indoors, including gyms, salons, and personal care services. 

Currently, everything is “restricted to outdoor operations.”   

Previously, salon owners and workers in San Diego took to the streets to protest the difficult situation of doing their work outdoors. 

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