Back to school: As California State University system goes online, other state schools still plan to reopen

By Tuesday, 11 of California's 58 counties had completed the process, and San Diego County, San Bernardino County and Santa Clara County were the only counties not allowed to reach Level 2.5. 
In the Bay Area, the strict measures need to be maintained only in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Marin counties. Los Angeles County, which reported the state's second-highest level, included San Diego County and San Bernardino County, as well as Santa Barbara County. 
Retailers in California will be able to reopen their doors to shoppers once county health officials approve it, as long as the companies follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, state officials said Monday. L.A. County officials plan to follow the lead of Orange and San Bernardino counties until at least July 4, though they have been given permission to reopen more stores over Memorial Day weekend. The district will likely update its health care law to allow retailers to open, said County Supervisor John Avalos, D-Los Angeles, who is pushing for the reopening of small stores, according to a news release on Monday. 
The move will allow the county to meet its goal of reopening more stores in time for Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to Avalos and county health officials. 
The state Department of Health announced Monday that all places of worship in California have reopened under the newly released safety guidelines and purchases in stores are now allowed. According to the state's website, as of Monday, only 12 of 58 districts have not confirmed that they are ready to open shops and malls for in-store shopping, restaurant dining - in operation. 
Health officials provided a breakdown of places of worship that adhere to guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. No more than 100 people are allowed to attend services at a time, according to the state Department of Health. In other words, a place of worship can be reopened as long as the number of visitors is lower, but only if it is limited to a maximum of 100 people. 
California is the only state in the country with a four-step reopening plan, and officials said Monday that districts allowed to advance further into Stage 2 of the state's reopening plan are now allowed statewide. Forty-five of its 58 districts have now filed plans with the governor's office to go deeper into Stage 2 or the state of their reopening plans. 
Under new statewide guidelines released Monday by the CDPH, places of worship and retail stores can reopen at any stage of the reopening plan. 
According to the guidelines of the CDPH, however, the majority of large gatherings are forbidden within the framework of the state residence and homeland regulations. 
To allow places of worship to reopen without modification, California officials have eased further restrictions on COVID-19 by amending other policies nationwide. These changes are part of an effort to finally repeal the state's residency and home rule, which came into effect as a way to curb the spread of a novel coronavirus. Below is a summary of what you need to know about California's reopening plans and the loosened guidelines. 
The transition from levels 2-5 to levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 allows the state to relax the guidelines for the reopening of districts under these guidelines.
While the above criteria are the guidelines for each county, the criteria for extending the Stage 2 reopening plan to each county differ. What do California authorities need to do next to decide when the next phase of reopening begins? 
In a statement on Monday, CDPH director Dr Sonia Angell said: "As the sector continues to open up to change aimed at people at lower risk, we must not forget that COVID-19 is still present in our communities. 
At the same time, a lawsuit by a Southern California church reached the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday night. Governor Gavin Newsom gave California churches the green light to reopen Monday after President Donald Trump threatened to override the state's decision to continue blocking religious services for people during the pandemic. But he also faced opposition from more than 1,200 California pastors, who vowed to resume services next Sunday, regardless of what the governor decides. 
The California Department of Health has announced it will reopen places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Sunday night's ruling by the US Supreme Court, services prohibited under Newsom's March 19 order would be dramatically different. 
Under the new rules, congregations with a maximum of 100 participants, i.e. fewer, will be allowed to accommodate up to 1,000 people per service, including funerals. Religious leaders were asked to "consider suspending services where the possibility of transmission of the virus through exhaled droplets has increased," the order said. 
The guidance, released Monday, does not call for the reopening of religious and cultural places of worship, but also says the county must approve the plan before it can happen. Places of worship are encouraged to hold outdoor services where possible and to allow a distance of six metres between households, the guidelines say. Seating, such as seating in a church or church - such as a building - is also limited
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