Dine-in restaurants, in-store retail: State allows county to move through stage 2

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SAN DIEGO — The state has approved San Diego County to move farther through stage 2 of California’s reopening plan, allowing dine-in restaurants and in-store retail with modifications, local officials announced late Wednesday.

Businesses will be required to enact social distancing and facial covering measures and follow other restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Before businesses can reopen their doors, they are required to fill out the county’s safe reopening plan, post it publicly and share it with employees, county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said in a tweet.

“We have come this far responsibly–let’s work together to ensure we continue our forward momentum,” Fletcher said on Twitter. “Remember: physical distancing, temperature checks, face coverings and hand washing!”

The news comes one day after the county proposed a plan to the state that would allow for in-person dining at restaurants and retail shopping.

“Based on the current readiness criteria, San Diego County is ready to move to the Accelerated Stage 2 of the state’s plan,” Wilma Wooten, county public health officer, said Tuesday. “The county has made great progress in the fight against COVID-19 and it is now safe for certain businesses to resume operations if they can implement safety measures outlined by the county and state.”

County health officials on Wednesday reported 114 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths from the illness, increasing the total coronavirus case numbers to 6,140 and the number of deaths to 230.

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