City of Berkeley moves into stage 2 of reopening, allows some businesses to open

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The city of Berkeley announced Monday that it will move into phase two of resuming economic activity Tuesday, which will allow for retailers to sell products through curbside pickups and for manufacturers and warehouses that follow disease prevention guidelines to resume activities, among other measures.

The local rules going into effect align with state guidelines that were enacted by California Gov. Gavin Newsom on May 8. Alameda County also announced Monday that it will be moving into stage two, and similar rules are being implemented for Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, according to a city of Berkeley press release.

City health officer Lisa Hernandez also said during a town hall Saturday that stage two reopening would include parks.

Each retail business that wants to reopen should follow guidance outlined by the state and take measures to socially distance people in the workplace. Customers will not be allowed in stores, and goods cannot be displayed at curbside. Manufacturers and warehousing businesses will be able to open, also using state guidelines.

Although there is no end date for the current order, Berkeley health officers will look at data to determine when to move the county into future phases.

Check back for updates. 

Sebastian Cahill is a deputy news editor. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @SebastianCahil1.