Uncle Sam, apple pie and rush hour traffic - those three things epitomize America like social distancing, masks and lockdowns epitomize COVID-19. Cars are both status symbols and necessities. A leather interior means you make north of $200,000 per year in the Bay Area. But it's best to ensure your car is comfortable considering how much time we spend in them.
Several case studies are happening all around the Bay Area as it relates to offices reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Bishop Ranch in San Ramon is home to 600 companies, including AT&T, General Electric and Chevron headquarters. Many have reopened and are conducting daily temperature checks for all employees, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. About two-thirds of City Center Mall tenets have also reopened, with masks required for all employees and customers.
California is once again making headlines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mandate, requiring all Californians to wear masks outside their home. The only exceptions are people engaged in outdoor recreation, children younger than 2 years old, and those sitting down to eat in restaurants. The mandate comes one week after Orange County lifted its mask mandate. Newsom cited rising numbers in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state.
The Bay Area is slowly returning to some semblance of normalcy as the novel coronavirus still looms in the background. Several California counties gave the green light for numerous businesses to reopen with certain restrictions on Friday, June 12. The Stage 3 plans allow bars, gyms, movie theaters and a few other industries to operate across the state. But all of them will look different from pre-lockdown days.
The Bay Area is slowly but surely regaining some semblance of normalcy in the wake of coronavirus. Of course that comes with caveats. Golf courses were allowed to reopen on May 4. But restrictions and rules vary depending on jurisdiction. ABC-7 reported that Napa County golf courses are turning cups upside down to prevent players from having to grab the flags. They have also removed rakes from bunkers and removed ball washers, to prevent people from touching them. Childcare facilities, car washes and other industries have their own "new normal" procedures as well.
Many Bay Area businesses are open, but with various restrictions. Governor Gavin Newsom spoke at a veterans home in Yountville on May 22. He hinted that professional sports and hair salons were the next businesses to be given the green light to resume operations. But Contra Costa County saw its one-day biggest spike in COVID-19 cases (65) on June 9. Despite the surge, hair salons and indoor dining are expected to recommence throughout most of the Bay Area next week.
California is the trendsetter state of the U.S. The state would be the sixth-ranked economy in the world (ahead of the United Kingdom) if it was a sovereign state. California is the birthplace of 1960s counterculture. It is the birthplace of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. It was also California voters who propelled President Woodrow Wilson to the White House. Los Angeles/Hollywood is far and away the movie and television capital of the world. The Bay Area is the tech capital of the world. But one trend the entire country is keeping it's eye on has also emerged in the Golden State.
Los Angeles County is now the epicenter for coronavirus in California. L.A. County has over 43,000 confirmed cases, according to state officials. Recent mass protests in the city have officials speculating about a major surge in COVID-19 cases. San Francisco County has only 2,613 confirmed cases. Alameda County is the only Bay Area County with more cases (3,517). Los Angeles County has nearly six times as many deaths from COVID-19 as the entire Bay Area. Health officials blame L.A.'s delayed response in combating the outbreak. All nine Bay Area counties issued shelter-in-place orders on March 16. Crowded neighborhoods, high homeless rates, pollution, along with no stay-at-home orders, are also noted as causes of the situation in L.A.