Cinemas Make Take “Months to Re-Open” Says California Governor

THR reports that California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday offered some more clarity on how his state is planning to reopen its nonessential businesses, noting especially that movie theaters fall into a category that will likely take “months” to reopen.

During his daily coronavirus update, which was live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter, the governor unveiled four “stages” that businesses will each fall into. The first stage, which he said the state currently falls into, allows only essential businesses to stay open and is a period when the state only plans further business reinstatement.


The second stage, which Newsom said is “weeks, not months” away, will see “lower-risk” workplaces like nonessential manufacturing, logistics and retail jobs and offices that cannot work from home begin to reopen. Schools and childcare facilities and public spaces like parks and trails can also start reopening in “phase two.”

“Phase three” will see higher-risk workplaces like movie theaters, gyms, hair salons, nail salons, in-person religious services and sports without live audiences reopen. Newsom emphasized that the third stage is “months, not weeks” away.

The final and fourth phase will entail the reopening of concert venues, conventions, sports stadiums and larger entertainment venues, which he said will “take some time” to reopen.


It’s worth noting, that since March 4, Katy Grimes reports, Newsom has signed 29 executive orders, including one to make local elections vote-by-mail only. Newsom has shut down businesses he deems “nonessential,” and suspended court proceedings. The California economy is in freefall but Newsom wants $75 million in taxpayer funds for foreign nationals living in the state illegally.


The millions of undocumented residents in California, are automatically registered to vote when they get a driver’s license (even though that “isn’t supposed to happen”). Meanwhile, the San Francisco governor already thinks he runs a country. If embattled Californians thought Gavin Newsom was acting like a dictator it would be hard to blame them.


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