County cleared to reopen restaurants, stores and malls

Because San Bernardino County has flattened the COVID-19 curve and secured the resources
needed to continue keeping the novel coronavirus under control, dine-in restaurants, stores and
malls can now reopen with safety measures throughout the county after a state-ordered
shutdown that lasted more than two months.


“San Bernardino County businesses and residents worked very hard and made tremendous
sacrifices to make this moment possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.
“Your efforts to keep our community safe and healthy have paid off. We can now proceed
significantly further toward resuming our normal lives.”

“This virus is still very present throughout our county, state and nation, so we must remain
vigilant by physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and washing our hands often. But our goal
of minimizing illness and building the capacity to protect the vulnerable, serve the sick, and track
the virus in our communities has been achieved,” Hagman said.


“We owe a debt of gratitude to our public health and healthcare professionals, who are putting
in long hours on the front lines of this battle, and to our County Government team for working
around the clock in support of those efforts,” he said.

The California Department of Public Health on Saturday, May 23, approved the county’s request
to reopen more businesses as part of the governor’s accelerated phase two. The county
submitted a revised request to move into the next phase on Friday, May 22 based on the new
criteria announced by the state on Monday, May 18.


As part of the accelerated Stage 2 phase of the state recovery plan, destination retail stores,
including shopping malls and swap meets, and dine-in restaurants can now reopen in San
Bernardino County. Businesses that plan to reopen are required to follow state guidance detailed
at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/. Gyms, hair and nail salons, barber shops, movie
theaters, sports and entertainment venues, libraries, bars and wineries, hotels and motels, and
public swimming facilities won’t be authorized to reopen until stages 3 and 4.

Drive-in and virtual worship services and faith-based counseling services are authorized to
proceed, and the governor said additional guidance for religious services will be announced on
Monday, May 25.

The governor on Monday announced new benchmarks counties had to achieve to accelerate
business reopening. The announcement came shortly after San Bernardino County sent the
governor two letters seeking flexibility in charting a course for recovery. One letter was signed by
the Board of Supervisors and the mayors of the county’s 24 cities and towns, the other was a
joint letter from the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego, which
combined account for about a third of the state’s population.


“Our efforts clearly made a difference,” Hagman said. “Our goal now, besides achieving
additional openings, is to keep our businesses open by continuing to keep our curve flat by taking
precautions and avoiding unnecessary risk.”

The county is helping small businesses operate safely and stay open through the COVIDCompliant Business Partnership Program. By agreeing to enforce physical distancing, require
customers and employees to wear face coverings, and practicing prudent hygiene, small
businesses can receive up to $2,500 to implement those measures. Businesses can apply through
the county’s COVID-19 website, http://sbcovid19.com.


Businesses should also heed county and state guidance for a safe and sustainable reopening:
San Bernardino County Readiness and Reopening Plan:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/CAO/Feature/Content/San_Bernardino_County_Readiness_a
nd_Reopening_Plan_-_FINAL_Update_5-22-20.pdf


State guidance for dine-in restaurants:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/CAO/Feature/Content/guidance-dine-in-restaurants.pdf

State guidance for shopping centers:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/CAO/Feature/Content/guidance-shopping-centers.pdf


State guidance for retail:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/CAO/Feature/Content/guidance-retail.pdf

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