SAN FRANCISCO (dpa-AFX) – Only with small steps does California want to loosen strict conditions during the corona crisis. Shops that were previously closed, for example for toys, books, sporting goods, clothing or flowers, are now allowed to gradually resume operations and offer goods for collection. “This is not a return to normal,” said Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday (local time). Restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and shopping malls remain closed in California.
With the slow opening of the most populous US state with just under 40 million inhabitants, shops must comply with distance rules and hygiene regulations. Since the middle of March, Californians have been instructed to stay largely at home, but sports and outdoor exercise at a distance from one another are permitted.
According to information from Thursday, over 60,000 infections with Sars-CoV-2 have been detected in the western coast state, so far around 2500 people have died. These numbers are significantly lower than in the US state of New York most affected by Corona, with only half as many inhabitants, but over 25,000 dead./mub/DP/he