[UPDATE: May 25, 2020]
On May 18, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced important modifications to the Phase 2 Plan for gradually reopening California that he had announced on May 8, 2020. (The State of California has been under lock-down since mid-March with encouraging results that haven’t mimicked the overwhelming of health care facilities occurring in other locations.)
On May 25, 2020, the Governor’s Office approved the limited resumption of religious services statewide, subject to health and safety restrictions.
The new rules vary to a large extent county-by-county, with the most (current) easing occurring in the smaller, rural locales. They also vary industry by industry; some segments of the nonprofit sector are treated differently than others. These complex rules are developing, and we’ll monitor and update this page regularly as new information emerges over the next few days.
[April 1, 2020]
The current response to COVID-19 on the state levels involves: the Governor’s office, state departments and agencies, and the California Legislature.+
The state’s central pandemic-response website is: CA.gov: California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response.
It includes all of the official actions and declarations by Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as action and information from the state’s executive branch. As with the federal level, many California agencies are involved in this response, enforcing existing laws, regulations, and rules, and updating guidance for the current circumstances. The references listed here are just a few of the many in effect.
In mid-March, the California legislature unanimously enacted S.B. 89 which amends the budget to make a massive appropriation on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Legislature is in recess until about mid-April, but that date could be changed.