By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today discussed a preliminary plan for reopening sectors of the County’s businesses as early as this Friday. The Board plans to solidify its plan later this week. The discussion about reopening followed an announcement by the governor that “low-risk” sectors could reopen as part of “Phase 2” of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation policy.
“Low risk” sectors include businesses such as florists, sporting goods stores, and apparel retailers to manufacturers and distributors. Companies in these sectors will need to comply with a variety of measures the County (and the governor) hope will prevent a significant upsurge in COVID-19 cases following relaxation of stay-at-home guidelines.
The Board discussed ideas for what a Phase 2 reopening would entail. Other business sectors, including sit-down restaurants, shopping malls, gyms, and beauty salons, would be addressed in the ramp-up to Phase 3.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman has established a COVID-19 Recovery Coalition involving regular dialogue with more than 30 industry leaders to solicit their input as to how we can best reopen the County. This group will help focus on establishing specific re-opening guidelines for sectors ranging from transportation and healthcare to education and tourism, along with faith-based institutions.
We will be sharing more information on Phase 2 and Phase 3 reopening in future Updates.
“I’m here to affirm that the County has progressed in fighting COVID-19. We’re not only well-prepared and ready to respond to a surge, but we’re happy to report that in the last 30 days as a county, we flattened the curve,” Hagman said. “We’d like to thank everyone in our County for practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings and practicing good hygiene. It’s made a significant difference.”
The supervisors noted that the County’s Hospital COVID-19 Census shows that our surge capacity is well in excess of the projected need, as is our supply of ventilators. Moreover, the County has made noteworthy progress on our testing and contact tracing programs.