May 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

California to allow some retailers to reopen as state scales up contact tracing program

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Monday that some retail businesses will be permitted to reopen this week as part of a phase two easing of coronavirus restrictions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The state of play: Under new guidelines, which were released in more detail Thursday, Newsom said bookstores, music stores, toy stores, florists, sporting goods retailers and more can reopen for pickup Friday. Retail manufacturers will also be allowed to resume production.

  • Offices, restaurants with seated dining and shopping malls will continue to remain closed.
  • Warehouses are expected to carry sanitation materials during deliveries and use PPE for each stop.
  • The governor also said some California counties will be allowed to ease their social distancing rules if they demonstrate an ability to implement strong sanitation practices, in addition to meeting requirements for hospital beds, testing capacity and contact tracing.
  • "We will allow additional movement through phase two, and that includes the prospect of restaurants with modifications opening, hospitality more broadly opening, again, with modification," Newsom added.

What to watch: Newsom said that the state government is working with University of California campuses in San Francisco and Los Angeles to recruit and train as many as 3,000 people per week to be deployed as contact tracers. California has a goal of training up to 20,000 tracers in the weeks ahead.

By the numbers: California has reported 55,644 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,254 deaths, per Johns Hopkins.

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The latest: Even with early curfews in New York City and Washington, D.C., protesters are still out en masse. Some protesters in D.C. said they were galvanized by President Trump's photo op in front of St. John's Church on Monday and threat to deploy U.S. troops in the rest of country if violence isn't quelled, NBC News reports.

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A day after threatening to federalize forces to snuff out riots across the country, the president appears to be backing off the idea of invoking the Insurrection Act, sources familiar with his plans tell Axios.

What we're hearing: Aides say he hasn’t ruled out its use at some point, but that he's “pleased” with the way protests were handled last night (apart from in New York City, as he indicated on Twitter today) — and that for now he's satisfied with leaving the crackdown to states through local law enforcement and the National Guard.

What we expect from our bosses

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Workers — especially millennials and Gen Zers — are paying close attention to the words and actions of their employers during national crises, such as the protests following the killing of George Floyd in police custody.

Why it matters: American companies have an enormous amount of wealth and influence that they can put toward effecting change, and CEOs have the potential to fill the leadership vacuum left by government inaction. More and more rank-and-file employees expect their bosses to do something with that money and power.