Good afternoon AEP members,
Below is an update from our office on the latest from the Governor and Legislature.
Regarding the Legislature, the Assembly will be returning for committee hearings on May 4 and the Senate is aiming to return on May 11.
On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom provided another update regarding the six critical indicators that will be considered before modifying the statewide Stay-At-Home Order. The specific indicator he focused most of his briefing on was the ability for businesses, schools, and childcare facilities to support physical distancing. During his update, he provided a new four-stage “resilience roadmap” that will guide the state’s re-opening.
These new stages provided more details on how the state will take a phase-in approach to loosening the statewide order. The Governor highlighted that we are still in the first stage that mostly consists of planning, but that the state is moving towards stage two of re-opening lower risk workplaces. He noted that we are weeks, not months away from stage two. However, as it relates to a broader reopening in stages three and four, we are months, not weeks away.
The Governor said he will closely monitor hospitalizations, surge capacity, the supply of PPE, testing capacity, and contact tracing as we move into stage two. This transition will occur through a statewide modification to the Stay-At-Home Order. He did announce that during stage two, counties may choose to relax stricter local orders at their own pace. Also, once a statewide COVID-19 surveillance system is made possible through testing, further regional variations could be supported.
He also provided specific actions needed to get to stage two:
The four stages are below:
Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness
Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces
Expanded Workforce Safety Net: Wage replacement so workers can stay home when sick
Schools and Childcare Facilities with Adaptations:
Stage 3: High Risk Workplaces
Opening higher risk environments with adaptations and limits on size of gatherings:
Stage 4: End of Stay-At-Home Order
Re-open highest risk workplaces with all indicators satisfied once therapeutics have been developed:
Please see the attachment to review California's full Pandemic Resilience Roadmap.
As California slowly begins to reopen, we hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy!
AEP Legal & Legislative Review Committee
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