Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Friday, May 1, and clear-cut redwood forests may have a second life capturing carbon. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Step one The updated public health orders for six Bay Area counties still allow about 7 million residents to leave their homes only for the most essential errands and require them to keep at least 6 feet away from anyone they don’t live with. But the new orders, which take effect May 4, did lift restrictions on some outdoor recreation and business activities considered low risk because they generally provide ample space for social distancing and involve “brief and infrequent interactions between people,” public health officials said. Here’s a quick look at what’s changing with these new orders. • No California-wide beach shutdown: Did Gavin Newsom back away? • The protests to reopen California are identical to early Tea Party rallies, leader says. • The latest numbers on cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our coronavirus tracker. A tough decision Viridiana Barreto holds her UC Merced admissions packet at her home in Oakland.Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle Preparing to go to college is normally an exciting time in a teen’s life,… Read full this story
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