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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: reopening Anaheim businesses

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 5, 2020) — We know many businesses are eager to reopen, and Anaheim is eager to help you do so safely and responsibly.

In Anaheim and Orange County, we continue to follow the governor’s stay-at-home order, which is moving toward gradual, limited reopening.

California has outlined a four-phase plan for reopening. Right now, we’re in phase one, focused on containing coronavirus with only grocery, drug and other essential retailers operating.

This week, we will start moving to phase two of reopening as early as this Friday, with conditions and limitations. This will only be a partial move into phase two, with more businesses reopening later in phase two.

In this initial step into phase two, many additional retailers can open for curbside pickup only. Examples include clothing, book, toy, music and sporting goods stores, florists and others, according to the governor.

Retailers that are reopening will have to meet state guidelines that are due out on Thursday, May 7. We will share those guidelines and guidance on Anaheim.net/coronavirus.

Anaheim advises businesses to start preparing for reopening with onsite measures to:

  • Limit the number of people onsite to allow for physical distancing
  • Keep employees six feet or more apart
  • Consider plastic shields to provide protective barriers
  • Have employees wear face coverings
  • Have gloves and other preventive gear
  • Step up cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces and frequently visited areas
  • Make hand sanitizer available and encourage frequent hand washing
  • Have signs and other messages detailing public health best practices
  • Keep home or send home workers who are sick
  • Plan to notify or work with county and city officials if you have a Covid-19 case among staff

Practices put into place by essential grocery and drug stores are good examples for retailers looking to reopen.

Manufacturers, warehouses and other logistical support for retailers are also allowed to reopen in early phase two, if they are not already operating.

They should also follow best public health practices.

All Anaheim retailers should be getting ready for reopening, even if you’re not in this first part of phase two.

This means developing plans to bring employees back in limited numbers, to serve people online or by phone and to make purchases available for pickup.

Businesses that are set to open in the second part of phase two include offices, dining at restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and childcare centers.

Phases three and four include salons, gyms, movie theaters, places of worship, sports, concerts, conventions and theme parks.

Many businesses, including sports, theme parks and Anaheim’s convention center, could span phases three and four in stages.

California is allowing counties to work at their pace through phases as they address healthcare system needs for coronavirus and file a readiness plan with the state.

Anaheim is looking to work with the county of Orange to move through phases as quickly and safely as possible.

We will continue to provide updates at Anaheim.net/coronavirus so please tune in there as we go through this gradual recovery.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of the virus in our community.

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