City of Berkeley expects to reopen outdoor dining, retail, religious services

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Berkeley health officer Lisa Hernandez expects to release new guidance next week that would allow many activities to resume in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city announced Friday.

According to a press release, activities and operations such as religious services, retail stores and outdoor dining would be able to resume or open June 19, permitted cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 remain stable. Outdoor fitness classes and outdoor museums would also be permitted to open the same day.

The press release adds that retail, dining and religious services would be allowed only at reduced capacities to allow for physical distancing. Additionally, the release outlines steps residents should follow to remain safe as businesses reopen, including hand-washing, keeping distance from other people and wearing a face covering.

Businesses allowed to reopen under the new order will have to complete a site-specific protection plan provided by the city, according to the press release.

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