Stage 2.5 business reopenings hold promise for economic recovery in ‘new normal’

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Party City in Menifee sees plenty of business Saturday, May 30, following its Stage 2 coronavirus reopening allowed by the state and county health officers. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
Although the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and the county health office recently announced the county has reached Stage 2 in the coronavirus pandemic, with hospitalizations decreasing, limited nonessential businesses may now open but must limit the number of customers inside a business, maintaining 6-foot social distance and wearing masks. Even before the county and state medical officers decided to ease restrictions, some retail, businesses, bars and houses of worship defied the restrictions prohibiting large gatherings and continued to conduct business as usual much to the dismay of health officials, knowing that Riverside County law enforcement would not intervene. Now that those restrictions have been eased, not many of those “nonessential” businesses have reopened, f
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