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Gov. Newsom: Sports, Haircuts Could Be Coming Back Sooner As California Relaxes Some Reopening Criteria

SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) - California is relaxing some of its reopening criteria and that could mean most of the state may soon be offering services such as dining at restaurants.

"Bottom line is: People can go at their own pace, and we are empowering our local health directors and county officials that understand their local communities and conditions," Newsom said.

The criteria announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom applies to counties that want to reopen faster than the state. While retail may open for curbside pickup statewide, restrictions on dining in at restaurants and other services are still in place statewide.

By the first week of June, Newsom said sports could also be allowed to resume in California - without fans, however. The looser restrictions also mean that haircuts at salons and barbershops could be allowed to resume in some places.

Newsom estimated 53 of 58 counties could meet the new criteria.

The changes eliminate requirements that a county have zero deaths and no more than one case per 10,000 residents over 14 days. Counties no longer will have to meet a threshold for deaths. They can have up to 25 cases per 100,000 residents or no higher than an 8% positive rate among people tested for the virus.

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They also must have no higher than a 5% increase in hospitalizations over a 7-day period or fewer than 20 hospitalizations over 14 days. The latter will ensure small counties don't get penalized for just one or two extra hospitalizations.

Newsom cautioned that, even under the loosened criteria, the state is still probably weeks away from people getting haircuts at salons and filling the pews at places of worship.

Twenty-four counties in mostly rural Northern California had already been cleared to move faster under the old standards.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.

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