State approves RivCo request to reopen more businesses

Shopping malls, dine-in restaurants can now open with restrictions

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State officials on Friday approved Riverside County's request to reopen more businesses, as part of Gov. Newsom's accelerated phase two. The county submitted a revised request to move into the next phase of the governor's five-phase reopening plan based on new criteria announced by Newsom on Monday. County officials say destination retail stores — including shopping malls and swap meets — as well as dine-in restaurants can reopen, albeit with social distancing restrictions. Officials also say schools can open with modifications, but the local health order prohibiting K-12 schools from opening until June 19 is still in effect. “This is a huge success for the county and our local businesses that Riverside County was approved for regional variance by the California Department of Pu
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