SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will begin allowing the reopening of gyms and some professional sports with modifications at the end of next week.
Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health official, says the state plans to release guidance on Friday for counties to follow to reopen a broad range of businesses that have been closed since mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Only counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness will be allowed to start reopening in the next phase. The state’s guidance will also include rules on hotels, schools, day camps, bars, casinos, museums, zoos and aquariums and the resumption of music, film and television production.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has been moving the state through a methodical four-step process for reopening California and has already allowed most counties to reopen restaurants, hair salons, churches, and retail stores with modifications.
California’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations remain stable as the state moves toward a broader reopening. But the state is monitoring and preparing for a potential increase in cases due to broader reopening and mass protests across the state against racial injustice.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, California has reported more than 122,000 coronavirus cases and more than 4,400 deaths.
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