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CALIFORNIA — California will move into the first new stage of its reopening plan at the end of this week, as some retail businesses will be allowed to open back up for customers as early as Friday — assuming they comply with new health guidelines, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.
The businesses able to reopen for curbside pickup this week include clothing stores, bookstores, music and toy stores, sporting goods stores and florists — who will be able to open in time for Mother's Day May 10, the governor pointed out.
Manufacturers and other logistical companies that make up retail supply chains will also be able to reopen, he said. On Thursday, the state will announce guidelines that the reopened businesses must follow to ensure social distancing.
Monday's announcement means that the state will enter Stage 2 of its gradual, four-part reopening plan, which Newsom laid out last week. The timeline for moving into each stage will depend on the state's ability to ramp up testing, begin widespread contact tracing and protect vulnerable residents, Newsom said.
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Thousands cleared from beaches after Newsom's shutdown
Thousands of people flocked to Orange County beaches over the weekend, violating Gov. Gavin Newsom's order last week that closed the county's beaches after large crowds had been seen there the previous week.
In Newport Beach, thousands of people took to the shore Sunday afternoon, along with hundreds in San Clemente, as lifeguards and police repeatedly sent beachgoers packing, pointing out they were in violation of Thursday's order, closing all Orange County beaches, the Orange County Register reported.
Lifeguards asked about 2,700 people to vacate Newport Beach during a sweep that went from Newport Pier to the Santa Ana river bed, said Newport Beach spokesman John Pope. In all, an estimated 4,500 people were at seven miles of beach from the Santa Ana River to Corona del Mar, Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles told the Register.
"The majority of beachgoers complied and exited after being told via PA systems, helicopters, boats and police and lifeguards on the sand," Boyles said.
There were more than 1,178,900 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and 68,689 deaths as of Monday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 2,256 of those deaths were in California. The U.S. has the most confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.
Who has been diagnosed with coronavirus in California?
Total number of cases (Johns Hopkins University): 55,070 as of Monday evening
Total deaths reported (Johns Hopkins University): 2,256 as of Monday evening
Case breakdown by age, per the California Department of Health (totals may be outdated):
Age 0-17: 1,640 cases
Age 18-49: 26,256 cases
Age 50-64: 13,773 cases
Age 65 and older: 11,860 cases
Unknown/Missing: 87 cases
Gender of confirmed positive cases:
Female: 26,556 cases
Male: 26,716 cases
Unknown: 344 cases
The latest live updates from across California are as follows:
Monday, 4:20 p.m.: Coronavirus Update: 20 New Deaths, 174 Cases Reported Monday
The updated caseload for Riverside County come at a time when confirmed cases and deaths have been declining across California.
Monday, 2:42 p.m.: As State Looks To Reopen, LA Remains Epicenter Of Outbreak
LA hasn't seen the drop-off in new COVID-19 that the rest of the state has, and thousands of health care workers have been sickened.
Monday, 2:32 p.m.: Coronavirus Restrictions Ease Slightly In Berkeley
A look at the latest number of cases in Berkeley, as California's death toll rises to more than 2,200.
Monday, 12:56 p.m.: California To Ease Restrictions This Week, Move To 'Stage 2'
California will allow some retail businesses to reopen this week, as the state moves into Stage 2 of its highly anticipated reopening plan.
Monday, 12:06 p.m.: Laguna Beach Approved For Reopening Beaches To Recreation
Gov. Gavin Newsom has given his blessing to Laguna Beach's plan for "phased reopening" of the city's beaches during coronavirus shutdown.
Monday, 11:14 a.m.: San Clemente's Nomads Canteen Back In Business In Spite Of Virus
Coronavirus shutdown or not, Nomads Canteen is back and open for business. What do you think about the reopening?
Monday, 11:10 a.m.: Flouting Stay-Home Orders, Some California Businesses Reopen
Some businesses across California have reopened for customers in recent days, violating stay-home orders that could be lifted within weeks.
Monday, 10:42 a.m.: Anonymous Donor Gives $1M To Dominican Hospital
The money will be given to Dignity Health Dominican Hospital employees.
Monday, 10:33 a.m.: Sonoma County Reports 3rd Coronavirus Death
News of the coronavirus-related death comes as the county announced two new testing sites.
Monday, 10:09 a.m.: Coronavirus Testing Sites To Open In Petaluma, Santa Rosa
The two new sites are open to all residents, enabling the county to test up to 260 more people per day for coronavirus.
Monday, 9:26 a.m.: Vista Teen Surprises Sister With Quarantine Prom Amid Coronavirus
Jared Bender, a senior at Vista Visions Academy, surprised his little sister, Aubree Bender, with a "quarantine prom" at their Vista home.
Monday, 9:07 a.m.: New Hours At Alameda County Fairgrounds Coronavirus Testing Site
Residents of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore are eligible for testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. More tests are now available.
Monday, 8:35 a.m.: San Francisco Hotels Struggling During Coronavirus Shutdown
Some 70 percent of hotels have shut down in San Francisco, furloughing or laying off thousands of workers.
Monday, 6 a.m.: Marin's New Site Breaks Down Countywide Coronavirus Data
Health officials are consistently refining the page's data collection and analysis, sharing new information as it becomes available.
City News Service contributed to this report.