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Reopening Businesses – Broker and Employer Resources

Reopening Businesses – Broker and Employer Resources

Reopening Businesses – Broker and Employer Resources, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates,

On May 4 Governor Newsom announced the state’s plan to gradually reopen businesses. California is currently in Stage 2 – the limited reopening of lower-risk businesses that began May 8, 2020. There is no official date for when the third and fourth stages will begin.

Below are the resources that will help you and your clients reopen.

Governor Newsom’s Four-Stage Plan to Gradually Open The State4-Stage Plan

Stage 2 (Effective May 8, 2020)

Lower-risk businesses can reopen with social distancing guidelines.

Businesses That Can Reopen State-Wide

  • Essential businesses.
  • Curb-side retail.
  • Manufacturing and logistical supply chains supporting the reopening of retail businesses.
  • Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce.
  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged).
  • Select services: car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening.
  • Outdoor museums, open gallery spaces, and other public spaces with modifications.

Specific industry guidance has been provided for each type of business. For example, here is the guidance for office workspaces.

Before Reopening, The State Requires All Facilities Must:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings.
  • Implement disinfecting protocols.
  • Implement physical distancing guidelines.

Counties with Approval to Move Faster Into Phase 2
Some California counties have received state approval to move faster into Stage 2. As of May 14, these counties are Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba-Sutter.

On May 18, Governor Newsom announced relaxed criteria for counties to move more quickly into Phase 2. It’s expected that many more counties will shortly join the above list. Check back for updates.

Individual counties may have additional rules. Links to local public health departments can be found here.

Business Types That Can Open in Counties with Approval to Move Faster Into Phase 2
In addition to the state-wide list of business types that can open in Stage 2, the business types below can open in counties that have received approval to move faster into Stage 2:

  • Destination retail (retail stores), including shopping malls and swap meets.
  • Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2).

Resources for Brokers and Employers

California Government

Federal Government

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Health Insurance Carriers

Kaiser Permanente



Industry Groups

California Chamber of Commerce

US Chamber of Commerce

American Industrial Hygiene Association


Human Resources

Claremont partner Mammoth HR (with Think HR) provides a number of useful resources:

Other Resources


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