'Days, not weeks:' Gov. Newsom says of making significant modifications to stay-at-home order
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that it will likely be "days, not weeks" from making significant modifications in some stay-at-home orders, which have been in place for more than six weeks.
He said the first wave of businesses reopening will be retail and hospitality, including restaurants, with serious modifications.
This is a change from earlier three days ago, when he made references to "weeks, not months."
On Tuesday, he said he met with members of the small-retail sector to see how they could open under certain restrictions "in the next few weeks."
Gyms, hair salons, movie theaters and venues for sporting events and concerts won't be considered for reopening for months, Newsom said earlier.
Any relaxation couldn't come a moment too soon.
Protests are building around the state, from business owners in Sacramento who want to go back to work to residents in Orange County where the governor closed the beach on Thursday because too many people weren't social distancing.
Still, Newsom has urged Californians to stay home. More than 2,000 people statewide have died from coronavirus; 91 alone in the last 24 hours.
This story was reported from Oakland, Calif.