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CRA in Sac Bee Capitol Alert: Many California stores can reopen Friday from coronavirus lockdown, Newsom announces

BY ANDREW SHEELER AND

DALE KASLERMAY 04, 2020 12:47 PM, UPDATED 3 HOURS 34 MINUTES AGO

Many California retail businesses will be able to reopen with some modifications by the end of the week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday, signaling an easing of the restrictions he handed down on March 19 to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

Retailers such as florists, book stores and clothing outlets will be able to open their doors for curbside pickup by Friday, if certain specifications are met, Newsom said….

…“It’s not just opening retail for retail’s sake. It’s opening so people can get back to work,” said Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association.

She called the governor’s announcement good news, but said that she hopes to see further opening up of business soon. Many small businesses lack the infrastructure to adopt a curbside pickup model, she said. Also, shopping malls are expected to remain closed, leaving those retailers shut for the time being.

“It would be nice to see more of a level playing field for all retail in California,” Michelin said.

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