California Coronavirus Update: California Governor Gavin Newsom To Issue Guidelines For Counties To Open Movie Theaters, Move Into Next Phase Of Reopening

California Coronavirus Update: California Governor Gavin Newsom To Issue Guidelines For Counties To Open Movie Theaters, Move Into Next Phase Of Reopening

At his press conference on Friday California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will issue guidelines next week for some counties to be allowed to move into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, which includes “high-risk workspaces” such as movie theaters. The governor said local conditions would guide whether a county could move into this next stage.


The state’s COVID-19 website describes Phase 3 as follows:


1. Phase in higher-risk workplaces at a pace designed to protect public health and safety, beginning with limited personal care and recreational venues (with workplace modifications).

2. Travel for permissible activities, such as healthcare, food, stages 1-3 work, and local or activities shopping related to open sectors.


3. Monitor critical indicators and alter scope of reopening if necessary to protect public health and safety.


As for L.A. County, an official at Friday’s press conference said that the state is in touch with public health leaders and local officials to identify the variations in crucial metrics throughout the area, which could mean some areas of the county open before others, based on those determinations.


Newsom has before allowed modifications to regional guidance so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in cases be seen again. On Thursday, the governor said 48 of the 58 counties currently had made such attestations to move into at least Phase 2. L.A. county is not among them which, of course, has a huge impact on production.


The governor said earlier this week that his health director has been working with L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer and may consider opening some parts of the county sooner than others. Whether or not that would include reopening for production remains to be seen.