More operations resume

China Lake continues mission ‘in a manner aligned with U.S. Navy senior leadership’

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

More operations resumeDaycare for essential workers is among the latest services to resume operations as California Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to modify shelter-at-home orders.

As health care institutions establish capacity, and the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continue to stabilize, more sectors of the economy have reopened.

So far, restaurants and stores have been allowed to re-invite customers into their venues, salons have been allowed to see clients, and sales people (including car dealers and real-estate agents) have resumed operations.

But in each instance, the governor’s office has outlined strict guidelines ( to direct each industry on the proper social-distancing and hygiene protocols in order to continue containment of potential coronavirus outbreaks.

In order to reduce the spread of infection, indoor movie theaters and museums, gyms and an assortment of “non-essential” services have been prohibited to continue.

However, Newsom granted some regional variances to counties — including Kern — that demonstrate appropriate levels of precaution and preparedness.

“The Navy is aware of State of California and Kern County decisions surrounding reopen or restart of certain activities outside the Department of Defense,” reads a message circulated earlier this week on the Naval Air Weapons Station’s facebook page.

“That said, NAWS China Lake has and continues to enable the missions onboard the installation, albeit in a manner aligned with U.S. Navy senior leadership, which has health of residents and workforce, to including preservation of force for continuation of mission, forefront on the decision-making process,” continues the statement.

“In short, the Navy’s posture is one of diligently assessing an evolving pandemic scenario and restoring suspended services in a methodical fashion, which currently results in continued prudent preventative COVID measures on the basis of force health and the mission accomplishment overriding other considerations.”

No timeline has been established for continued re-opening, although Newsom has hinted that the fourth and final stage of resuming normal operations may not happen before a vaccine is established (estimated to be 12-18 months away).

For a complete list of sectors that have been approved for operation, and the guidelines to business owners and the general public, visit the state website at

Pictured: Child Development Center staff at Cerro Coso Community College begin receiving children of essential workers back into daycare. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-06-05