Governor Newsom Provides Update on California’s Progress Toward Stage 2 Reopening

Published: May 04, 2020

Governor issues Report Card on state’s progress in fighting COVID-19

Governor’s Report Card indicates California will be prepared to move into the early phase of Stage 2 of reopening this Friday, May 8 

Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications 

Governor also announces new framework to allow counties to move more quickly through Stage 2 if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria 

State announces accelerated action to secure contact tracing capacity 

SACRAMENTO – As the state continues implementation of the four-stage framework to allow Californians to gradually reopen some lower-risk businesses and public spaces while continuing to preserve public health, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators, the state can begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying the stay at home order this Friday, May 8, with guidelines released Thursday, May 7. The Governor released a Report Card showing how the state has made progress in fighting COVID-19 in a number of categories such as stabilized hospitalization and ICU numbers and acquiring PPE.

“Millions of Californians answered the call to stay home and thanks to them, we are in a position to begin moving into our next stage of modifying our stay at home order,” said Governor Newsom. “But make no mistake – this virus isn’t gone. It’s still dangerous and poses a significant public health risk. As we move into the next stage of reopening, we will do so with updated guidance to help qualifying businesses make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure to customers and workers. Californians should prepare now for that second stage of reopening.”

State Report Card

The Governor also issued a state “Report Card” for how the state is doing in meeting key measures for moving into Stage 2. California is on track on the following statewide metrics:

  • Stability of Hospitalizations
  • Personal Protective Equipment Inventory
  • Health Care Surge Capacity
  • Testing Capacity
  • Contact Tracing Capability
  • Public Health Guidance in Place

California Department of Public Health Director and state Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell presented on the state’s Report Card today to underscore the data driving the move into the next stage.

What’s in Early Stage 2

Later this week the state will release public health guidance for certain Stage 2 sectors including some retail, manufacturing, and logistics businesses, which will outline modifications that lower the risk of transmission. Businesses and employers in those sectors will be able to reopen as soon as Friday – if they can meet the guidelines provided by the state. Not all Stage 2 businesses will be able to open Friday with modifications. Some examples of businesses that can open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores.

Other Stage 2 sectors, such as offices and dine-in restaurants, will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. The announcement for Friday does not include offices, seated dining at restaurants, shopping malls or schools. As the Governor noted last week, the state is working with school districts and the California education community to determine how best and safely to reopen. That continues to be the case – this May 8 announcement does not move up this timeline.

While the state will be moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2, counties can choose to continue more restrictive measures in place based on their local conditions, and the state expects some counties to keep their more robust stay at home orders in place beyond May 8.

To read the full information visit

Senator Roth Banner

The 31st District Digest (April 27 to May 1) This week marks our transition into May and thus a new month forward in California’s response to COVID-19. California has made considerable progress in flattening the curve, progress that will continue if we remain focused on our efforts to practice safe social distancing.

As always, my office continues our work to ensure that the needs of our District are met and represented in Sacramento. If you would like assistance in navigating these or any changes, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Our contact information is available at the conclusion of these updates.

Here’s what happened this week:
California’s Path ForwardCalifornia’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap (link)
On Tuesday, Governor Newsom, with California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell, provided an update on the state’s path forward through California’s Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience. Coupled with the previously released six indicators for a modified stay-at-home order, the road map laid out the following stages or phases for gradual reopening:

  • Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness – Making essential workforce environment as safe as possible.
  • Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces – Creating opportunities for lower-risk sectors to adapt and re-open. Modified school programs and child care re-open.
  • Stage 3: Higher Risk Workplaces – Creating opportunities for higher risk sectors to adapt and re-open.
  • Stage 4: End of Stay-At-Home Order – Return to expanded workforce in highest-risk workplaces. Requires Therapeutics.

Currently, the state is at Stage 1 and must continue progress in the following areas in order to move forward:

  • Continue to build out testing, contact tracing, PPE, and hospital surge capacity.
  • Continue to make essential workplaces as safe as possible.
    • Physical and workflow adaption
    • Essential workforce safety net
    • Make PPE more widely available
    • Individual behavior changes
  • Prepare sector-by-sector safety guidelines for expanded workforce.

For the full presentation, click here. To watch the press conference, click here.

Regional State PartnershipColorado and Nevada Join the Western States Pact (link)
On Monday, Governor Newsom announced that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and their respective states have joined the Western States Pact, which currently consists of California, Oregon, and Washington. This pact was initially announced during an April 13 press release with the goal of establishing a shared science and data-informed vision to navigate a shared response to COVID-19.

Riverside County UpdatesRiverside County Workforce Assistance Programs (link) (Spanish)
On Tuesday, the Riverside County Workforce Development Division announced that they have received additional state funding to provide up to $800 in job loss benefits to county residents who have lost employment as a result of COVID-19. This program will help provide supportive services for jobseekers enrolled in the agency’s various workforce assistance programs. Those who are eligible may use their funds for housing assistance, utility assistance, telework equipment, and internet access, child care assistance, and/or transportation assistance. To find out more about this program, please visit

Riverside County Health Orders Amended, Face Coverings and Social Distancing Continues (link) (Spanish)
On Wednesday, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser announced that the county-wide order requiring residents to wear face coverings and practice social distancing will be extended through June 19. Later that day, the County issued a clarification stating the following: The County’s current health order prohibiting gatherings outside the home expires April 30. Beginning May 1, the county will fall solely under the governor’s stay at home order as it pertains to gatherings. The governor’s order states that all California residents must stay home unless they are engaged in an essential business or activity, such as grocery shopping or visiting the doctor.

The County is clarifying that Governor Newsom’s statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect. Modifications to the statewide order will be based on the six data-driven indicators and the Pandemic Resilience Road Map announced on Tuesday. The County intends to follow state guidance for a phased reopening of businesses and will be prepared to do so as the statewide stay-at-home orders are gradually lifted. To see this full plan, click here.

For the full amended Riverside County Public Health Order effective May 1, click here.

Riverside County Superior Court Extends Closure Date (link)
On Wednesday, the Riverside County Superior Court announced that it would be extending its temporary closures through May 15, 2020. Emergency matters will continue to be handled as outlined on the court’s COVID-19 Court Operations page.

Riverside County Launches Economic Recovery Task Force (link)
On Friday, Riverside County launched an economic recovery task force to provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on restarting the local economy beyond COVID-19. The task force will be comprised of business and community leaders throughout Riverside County and is expected to be in place for 18 months, to formulate short term and long term strategies. For a full list of the task force members, click here

COVID-19 Testing is Available to Residents who do not have Symptoms (link) (Spanish)
As of April 17, per the County Public Health Officer’s guidance, Riverside County residents who do not have symptoms, but want to get tested for COVID-19, may do so by calling (800) 945-6171 to make an appointment. This modification of the testing criteria will allow anyone who wants to be tested the opportunity to do so. Making an appointment is required as drive-ups without an appointment cannot be accommodated.

Census 2020It’s Still Not Too Late to Complete the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census is your opportunity to help secure crucial federal funding for our community. COVID-19 has shown us the importance of adequately funded public health and education systems, among others, so make sure you do your part to ensure that California is properly supported.

While you still have the option of filling out the nine-question survey online at using a code provided to you through the mail, paper forms for the Census will begin to be mailed to those who have not yet participated. So be on the lookout!
Support for WorkersApril 28, 2020 is Workers’ Memorial Day (link)
On Tuesday, Governor Newsom issued a proclamation declaring April 28, 2020 as “Workers’ Memorial Day” in California. On Workers’ Memorial Day, we remember, recognize, and honor the men and women who have lost their lives in their lines of work and renew the state’s commitment to securing safe and healthy working conditions for all workers during this difficult time and beyond.

California Launches new Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed, Independent Contractors (link)
On Tuesday, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) launched applications for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, providing financial support to Californians who are out of business or whose ability to provide services has been significantly reduced as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to help workers through this and other unemployment insurance applications, the EDD has created the Unemployment Benefit Guide. For answers to frequently asked questions about the PUA program, click here.

May 1 is International Workers’ Day: California’s Actions to Support All Workers Affected by COVID-19 (link)
On Friday, in honor of International Workers’ Day, which is also known as May Day, Governor Newsom recognized and honored the sacrifices that California’s essential workforce has made in order to keep our state operational. The governor also provided a recap of the state resources for our essential workforce as well as those who may have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. Examples include child care funding, paid sick leave for food sector workers, expediting unemployment insurance claims, and more. For the full list of actions, click here.

Updates on Food ResourcesExpansion of Farm to Family Program and New Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity (link)
On Wednesday, Governor Newsom announced a series of new initiatives to support families facing food insecurity while also supporting California’s farming and agricultural industry that has been deeply impacted by COVID-19. These initiatives include:

  • Expanding California’s Farm to Family Program: $3.64 million in new funding to expand the state’s Farm to Family program, including $2.86 million from the USDA and $775,000 committed by philanthropy to jumpstart a $15 million campaign to further support the program through the end of the year
  • Combatting Food Insecurity through Expanded EBT Programs:
    • CalFresh recipients will now the maximum benefits for the month of May.
    • Families with children eligible for free or reduced-price meals are eligible to receive additional support thanks to the Pandemic Emergency Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT)
    • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) recipients can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at and, with more retailers coming soon.  For more info, click here

If you are experiencing food insecurity, please visit our Food Resources page to see what is available in our District or visit Riverside County’s Food Access Map.

Additionally, to learn more about CalFresh eligibility requirements, please click here.

Riverside County Food Resources for Homebound Seniors
On Wednesday, the Riverside County Dept. of Public Social Services released the list County Office of Aging’s food resources for vulnerable seniors who may experience food insecurity. As per their resource guide, “adults who have a disability or are over age 60 can contact Riverside County Office on Aging, which offers food delivery for critical emergencies, two weeks supply of pantry and essential items, home-delivered meals, and Grab-and-Go meal packages at community center locations.” To see the full list, click here.

Streamlining Assistance for California’s FamiliesNew Online Portal to help Families Find Local Child Care Options (link)
On Thursday, Governor Newsom announced a new portal to help parents, including essential and vulnerable families, find safe, reliable, and accessible child care options in their area. The new portal found on provides families with a list of local center-based and family care programs by entering their location, as well as each child care program’s health and safety information, age of children accepted, capacity, availability, hours, and contact information for the program and local Child Care Resource and Referral agency.

Executive Order on CalWORKs (link)
On Friday, Governor Newsom issues an executive order that temporarily expands the capability of counties to enroll individuals into the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program using various eligibility verification methods due to social distancing requirements. The changes include:

  • Allowing for temporary self-attestation of pregnancy and conditions of eligibility;
  • Waiving in-person identification requirements;
  • Expanding opportunities for individuals to qualify for a limited amount of lump-sum financial assistance instead of receiving CalWORKs; and
  • Suspending the requirement for county welfare departments to consider Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation as income when determining CalWORKs grant amounts.

For the full executive order, click here.

Executive Order on Marriages (link)
On Thursday, Governor Newsom issued an executive order allowing adults to obtain marriage licenses via teleconferencing rather than in-person county court visits. This order is to be implemented at the local county clerk’s discretion and will require that both adults are located within the State of California, are present, and can present identification during the video conference.

Health Care CoverageReminder: Special-Enrollment Period for Covered California Due to COVID-19 is Available Now
The special enrollment period for health care coverage through Covered California is open now. If you have lost your health insurance coverage as a result of COVID-19 or can no longer afford your current insurance due to changes in your income, please visit to apply and see what coverage options may work best for you.

Finally, the month of May serves as Mental Health Awareness Month, Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, and Military Appreciation Month. I encourage our community to recognize, appreciate, and honor each of these topics as begin this new month in the wake of COVID-19.

Thank you all for your patience and compassion during these difficult times. From our essential workforce members who have helped keep our state and District healthy and safe, to all who have continued to do their part by practicing safe social distancing and protecting our community by staying safe at home, we are all in this together.

My office will continue to serve and advocate on behalf of our district and all who call it home.

Until next time, have a safe and healthy weekend.

Very Sincerely,

Richard D. Roth
Senator, 31st District


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Dear partner in ministry,

Weeks may have passed since you last walked in the doors of your congregation and worshiped, face-to-face, with your community of faith. To be sure, being the body of Christ looks and feels differently than it ever has before.

Despite all of this, we are called to be church — together. The ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) looks different now, but it has not stopped. Nor have the needs of our communities and the world. Our church and its leaders continue to minister to its members, to those who are hurting and searching for peace, and to those in need.

The congregations and ministries of this church rely on your weekly offerings and gifts. Without in-person worship services for many weeks or even months, the financial impact could be devastating.

Please continue to give to your congregation and give regularly. Your congregation and its leaders continue to minister to your community of faith. This ministry relies on your weekly offerings. Find out how you can continue your pledge or regular offering though online giving, automatic monthly giving or mail.

I know that, for many of us, this is a time of uncertainty and financial hardship. However, for those of you who are in a position to do more, the needs are great.

In the United States, unemployment has soared. We are already seeing rising demands on our food pantries, homeless shelters and social services. Around the world, millions of people living in poverty are facing this pandemic without reliable access to sanitation and health care.

With congregations and ministries across the country, and a network of companion churches and partners in over 70 countries around the world, we anticipate this crisis will affect us all. Your gifts to the ELCA’s COVID-19 Response Fund will provide funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please help with a gift today.

I have been reflecting on the words of Peter: “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” (1 Peter 4:10). Now is a time when we need one another. Now is a time to live and act as faithful people of God.

Be of good courage, dear church, and remember that Christ is with us now and always.

In Christ,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Council Message to Hope Regarding COVID-19

Due to the current state of the COVID-19 Outbreak, Hope Lutheran Church’s Council has been working tirelessly to keep the congregation safe and connected. Due to the required Social Distancing that is recommended by the CDC, WHO, California Government, and the ELCA, we are working as fast as we can to set up a digitally connected community. Options such as email, YouTubeFacebook, and a constantly updated Website with resources are priorities in order to keep you as informed as possible. We understand not everyone is technologically savvy, so we are trying to keep the process as simple and straightforward as possible.

One of the more direct ways we are maintaining contact is through phone calls. We will continue to make direct phone calls to each member individually, to check in and make sure everything is well, or to see if there is any way we can be of assistance.

There are also new policies regarding Pastoral care in the time of a pandemic. We have comprised a document outlining all the changes which you can find HERE on our website. We are also updating our website as quickly and constantly as possible.

Everything is changing on a day-to-day basis, but we are trying our best to make the transition as easy as possible. Thank you for your understanding and support while we let the dust settle.

Hope Council and Staff”

COVID-19 Resources

  • Center for Disease Control – The CDC has the latest government issues and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus
  • ELCA Public Health – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s policy and guidelines, as well as resources during a public health emergency.
  • World Health Organization – The WHO has global updates daily, as well as research breakthroughs and recommendations
  • Riverside City Government – Our local source for COVID-19 in our community. Includes information about local cases, prevention, and hardship resources.
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