State gives Kern approval to reopen restaurants, malls, retail

Retail shops and restaurants are reopen today in Kern County so long as they follow certain state guidelines.

The county received state approval late Wednesday afternoon to move faster into the second part of Stage 2 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan, which includes the reopening of malls and restaurant dining rooms, as well as in-store shopping in retail establishments that have been desperately needed by the public.

“This is a significant development and it happened in a tremendously quick amount of time,” said County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop. “I’m super proud of the county and everybody that’s been working on his. We are pleased; it was very quick.”

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