California begins to ease restrictions as cases continue to rise

The number of COVID-19 cases are still on the rise in some parts of the country as states attempt to get businesses to reopen.
2:27 | 05/08/20

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Now two more states trying to get back to business as the number of covid-19 cases are still on the rise in some parts of the country. California is one of the 44 states easing restrictions and that's where we find Matt Gutman this morning. Matt, good morning. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Amy. Those 44 states you mentioned, that means nearly 300 million Americans are taking baby steps back to normal and for businesses like l.a.'s flower market it is absolutely critical to open for business ahead of the mother's day bonanza in order to stay in business. This morning, with those Gates going up and foot traffic going in, the nation's so-called soft open. As of today 44 states easing at least some covid restrictions and starting this morning, California now calling on low-risk retailers to offer hands-free purchasing options through curbside pickup. The governor revealing the first known case of covid in the state happened in a salon. This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread in a nail salon. I'm very worried about that and many of these salons with people that had procedure masks on were using gloves and were advancing higher levels of sanitation. Reporter: Starting tomorrow in Nevada where covid has ravaged the tourism industry you'll be allowed to dine at a restaurant at 50% capacity. Excluding casinos. And in Indiana places of worship opening doors today ahead of weekend services. In Texas, personal services like salons and barber shops opening today, but Texas is 1 of nearly 20 states that are opening while covid cases and deaths continue to climb. Rebecca Duane's husband works at a meat plant in Corpus Christi which remains open because food plants have been declared critical infrastructure. It's scary seeing my husband like that and he's always like this tough, you know, I'm fine, I'm okay, no, this is not okay. People are not taking it serious. Reporter: He was diagnosed positive on Monday. Now, public health officials concede that opening up will likely mean higher cases in some places but they say that most states are going through this cost benefit analysis because staying closed also has a cascade of dangers including joblessness, addiction and even a rise in suicide rates. George. It is such a dilemma. Okay, Matt, thank you.

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