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Published August 3rd, 2020

Reopening California Amidst a Global Pandemic

Reopening California from a statewide “stay home” order is a massive effort being led by Gov. Gavin Newsom together with over 40 million Californians. While California-based businesses in the essential retail sector like grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks remained open, the nonessential retail sector like shopping malls, bookstores, and home furniture stores have reopened with some restrictions in a few counties and restaurants for dining in have begun reopening with physical distancing guidelines in most counties.

This article will briefly answer the following questions:

  • What are the stages in reopening California?
  • Why are reopening checks important for California-based businesses?
  • What are California reopening checklists?
  • What tools can I use to safely get back to business?

California Reopening Stages

To curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Californians have been staying at home since March 19, but as of May 8 or 50 days later, they have moved into the early phases of Stage 2 in their 4-stage plan for the gradual reopening of California’s economy. To have a clearer understanding of how the state’s plan will work in the following weeks or months, here’s the big picture of the California reopening stages:

california reopening stages infographic


The Importance of Reopening Checks in California

Restrictions or policies are being modified according to the number of cases per county. Stage 2 requires employers, especially in the retail and manufacturing industries, to follow California reopening guidelines. Performing reopening inspections or readiness assessments can help Californian businesses to reopen strong, reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection among employees and customers, and staying safe while continuing daily operations during the coronavirus outbreak.

Reopening Checklists for California-based Businesses

California reopening checklists are intended by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH, better known as Cal/OSHA) to help employers implement their plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. A California reopening checklist usually encompasses the following:

  • Contents of Written Worksite Specific Plan
  • Topics for Employee Training
  • Individual Controls Measures and Screening
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
  • Physical Distancing Guidelines

To make it easier for Californians to get safely back to business and continue safe operations amidst a global pandemic, we’ve surfaced these statewide industry guidance-based reopening checklists you can download for free and use with iAuditor by SafetyCulture.

Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.


Shine Colcol

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Shine has been professionally writing about virtually anything since her internship for a digital publisher of niche blogazines. She is passionate about building a culture of continuous improvement in the environmental, health, safety, and quality space through well-researched, engaging, and impactful content.