The California Public Health Department has approved Tuolumne County to move more quickly through Stage 2 and allow more businesses to open.
Michelle Jachetta, spokeswoman for the county Public Health Department, confirmed that the county was added to the list of approved counties on Wednesday and said more information would be forthcoming.
A total of 11 counties have been approved since Tuesday out of 27 that have submitted so-called “attestations” verifying they meet the state’s criteria for moving through the stage, which included having no deaths or confirmed cases for the last 14 days.
Moving through the stage will allow for the reopening of offices, seated dining at restaurants and in-store retail shopping.
Restaurants and other businesses will be required to make modifications that include heightened sanitation protocols and limiting their capacity to provide enough room for social distancing.
The state entered Stage 2 of its four-stage reopening plan on Friday by allowing most non-essential retail businesses to reopen for curbside and delivery service only.
Other “higher risk” workplaces and activities, such as nail and hair salons, lodging and religious services, aren’t supposed to reopen until Stage 3.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that the state could be ready for Stage 3 in less than three months and possibly within a matter of weeks.
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