“Normal it will not be, at least until we have herd immunity and we have a vaccine,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.
As social distancing measures begin to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday began to paint a picture of what life will probably be like in the state when officials determine they can begin to reopen businesses, schools, and other venues to the public.
Whenever the stay-at-home orders are lifted, it won’t be business as usual, the governor said at his daily press briefing.
“Normal it will not be, at least until we have herd immunity and we have a vaccine,” Newsom said.
Reopening will only happen as new cases of the disease decline, Newsom said, and businesses and institutions show they can continue to curb the spread of the virus as they reopen. That means hospitals will have to remain prepared for a surge of patients, and businesses, schools, and childcare facilities will need to keep up physical distancing and other precautions.
Here are some of the ways life will be a lot different, even after parts of the state open back up:
Dining out will look a lot different
When restaurants are allowed to reopen, they won’t look the same as they did before the pandemic.
“You may be having dinner with a waiter wearing gloves, maybe a face mask, dinner where the menu is disposable, where … half the tables in that restaurant no longer appear, where your temperature is checked before you walk into the establishment,” Newsom said. “These are likely scenarios.”
Face masks will be more common in public
State health officer Sonia Angell said as people begin to spend more time in public, it will become “even more important” to wear a mask or another kind of face covering as an added precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Face coverings are not a replacement for physical distancing, but they can add protection,” Angell said.
Concerts or conferences still won’t be possible for a while