Today, May 12, 2020, Governor Newsom announced guidelines for businesses, including restaurants, to continue to open under the “expanded” Phase 2 in California.

Early Stage 2 business that were permitted to reopen on May 8 included:


  • Curb-side Retail
  • Manufacturers
  • Logistics
  • Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce


Expanded Stage 2 businesses that will be permitted to reopen if the county that they operate in obtain a variance from the state that would permit businesses to reopen include:


  • Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • Select services: car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening
  • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets
  • Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2)
  • Outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications
  • Schools with modifications


As of today, only two counties, Butte County and El Dorado County, have obtained the variance to permit expanded Stage 2 businesses to reopen in those counties.

The state’s guidance for dine-in restaurants is here:

The state’s general checklist for dine-in restaurants is here: