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California Moves Toward Reopening With Virus Stabilizing

  • Newsom says state has reached ‘hinge moment’ in pandemic
  • Retailers can begin curbside pickup Friday in first easing
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California to Issue Guidelines for Some Reopenings: Governor Newsom
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California, the first U.S. state to shut down its economy over the coronavirus, will start loosening its lockdown Friday, with Governor Gavin Newsom expressing optimism that the outbreak had reached a turning point.

The first phase of eased measures will allow for stores to sell books, clothes, flowers and other items through curbside pickup, Newsom said Monday. Bowing to pressure from rural areas, he said individual counties could relax stay-at-home rules even further, if they are effectively able to track and trace infections.