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