Placer County is one of 23 counties across California allowed to expand Stage 2 reopenings, which means some dine-in restaurants and walk-in shopping — with approved public health modifications — can welcome customers.
Among those permitted to reopen are destination retail stores like Newcastle Classics in The Fountains at Roseville plaza.
"It is so exciting to finally be open,” said Newcastle Classics Owner Brittany Lagala. “To get people to come in, and the support from the locals, and everybody just wanting to come in and have some sort of normalcy has just been amazing.”
Families were also out enjoying the day at the plaza.
Kids were sitting together eating their ice cream, and people could be seen walking through the plaza — some with masks and others without.
"I feel very very good,” said Simin Mirzapour of Roseville. "I love it. I hope everywhere is going to be open again, back to normal life. I'm tired of staying home."
Restaurants are now permitted to offer sit-down dining with modifications.
At Jack's Urban Eats, guests were enjoying the seating out on the patio.
Malls in Placer County are also allowed to be open. Roseville’s Westfield Galleria said it plans to reopen to the public on May 22.
Meanwhile, in Rocklin, it has been months since the parking lot has been full outside Katherine's Biergarten.
"(Friday) when I came in here, I saw all these people in the Biergarten," said owner Katherine Grosse. "I was like, this is awesome! This is awesome! This is life again."
Grosse is happy to finally get her customers through the doors while following the rules.
"Hand Sanitizers, social distancing, all those signs, instructing employees what to do,” Grosse said. “They can't touch. They have to sanitize everything.”
Every other table is closed to help keep guests seated farther apart. She even had special masks made with the restaurant's logo.
While more things are open in Placer County, nonessential travel, like tourism, is not permitted.
County officials are discouraging people from traveling to neighboring counties that may have fewer restrictions in place right now. Visitors could cause COVID-19 infection rates to climb, and then force the counties to enact another stay-at-home order.