COVID-19: California County Directives and Mandates - October 2020 #4

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On Friday, August 28, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a new and simpler four-tiered classification system, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, to evaluate regional and business-sector health risk and to guide counties as they reopen businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses across the state have largely been closed since the Governor issued the first Stay-at-Home Order on March 19, 2020, and additional restrictions were put in place in July. Prior to August 28, the state was tracking counties’ COVID-19 metrics via a Monitoring List, with counties on the list subject to additional restrictions. That list has now been replaced with the four-tiered Blueprint. Counties in California are now subject to a streamlined set of restrictions based on the tier into which they fall, which is determined by case counts per 100,000 residents and test positivity rates. More information on the Blueprint is available here.

The chart below provides an overview of the major restrictions that apply to counties in each tier. The full chart from the state is available here. Note that counties can put in place additional restrictions on top of the state’s baseline. The table below lists the current tier for each county as well as any applicable additional restrictions, based on county Health Officer Orders.

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Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Sector Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Retail Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Hair Salons & Barbershops Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Personal Care Services Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications
Offices Remote Remote Open indoors with modifications, encourage remote working Open indoors with modifications, encourage remote working
Hotels & Lodging Open with modifications Open with modifications - fitness centers 10% capacity Open with modifications - fitness centers 25% capacity, indoor pools open Open with modifications - fitness centers 50% capacity, spas open
Gyms & Fitness Centers Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 10% capacity Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity, indoor pools Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity, spas open
Restaurants Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity
Bars Closed Closed Outdoors only with modifications Outdoors only with modifications - 50% capacity
Places of Worship Outdoors only with modifications Open indoors with modifications - 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less Open indoors with modifications - 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less Open indoors modifications - 50% capacity
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California County Stay-At-Home Orders and Reopening Plans

County COVID-19 Landing Page Stay-at-Home Orders County Reopening Plans Current Tier Additional Restrictions Testing Guidance
Alameda County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Recovery Resources Tier 3: Moderate risk

Outdoor dining no longer permitted; pick-up and delivery only.

No variance; compliance with County-specific health protocols required; Check county reopening plan for specific details. Permitted as of June 19:

  • Retail
  • Outdoor museums
  • Religious & cultural ceremonies
  • Outdoor fitness
  • Summer schools

Available here

Alpine County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk

N/A

Amador County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Butte County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Calaveras County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: County Order Rescinded Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Colusa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Order Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Contra Costa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk Indoor religious services prohibited.

Indoor restaurants closed.

Bars also closed.

As of Friday, August 28, 2020, personal care services such as nail salons and massage services, as well as gyms are permitted to reopen for outdoor business. Hotels and short-term rentals also permitted to reopen for personal travel.

N/A

Del Norte County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

N/A

El Dorado County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 3: Moderate risk

N/A

Fresno County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Glenn County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Humboldt County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Tool Tier 4: Minimal risk

Available here

Imperial County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance and Updated Order Tier 1: Widespread risk Stay at Home Order reissued; all non-essential businesses closed.

Bars ordered closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.

Available here

Inyo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Kern County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Kings County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Lake County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

N/A

Lassen County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

N/A

Los Angeles County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk
  • Per the County’s July 1, 2020 Health Order, employers with 3 or more cases of COVID-19 “among their employees within a span of 14 days” must report this information to the County Department of Public Health.
  • Staff and patrons of gyms must wear face coverings and gloves.
  • Bars and indoor dining closed.
  • As of October 1, nail salons may resume indoor services at 25% capacity. Outdoor services should continue as much as possible.
  • As of October 5, cardrooms can reopen for outdoor operations only. Food and beverages may not be served at the tables. Face coverings are required.
  • As of October 7, indoor shopping malls allowed to reopen with occupancy limited to 25% capacity; all food courts and all common areas remain closed.
  • Outside playgrounds can reopen at the discretion of cities and L.A. County Parks and Recreation. Face coverings and physical distancing are required.
  • As of October 6, breweries and wineries can open for outdoor service. Alcohol must be sold with food, and reservations are required in advance. (please link to http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/2020_10_06_HOO_Breweries_and_Wineries.pdf)

Available here

Madera County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Marin County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan

Tier 2: Substantial risk

Additional reopenings planned for June 29 postponed, including:

  • Indoor Dining
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops, and Nail Salons
  • Gyms & Fitness Studios
  • Hotels, Motels, Hospitality, Short Term Rentals (leisure and tourism activity)
  • Camp grounds, RV Parks, and Picnic areas
  • Outdoor based vehicle gatherings

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining,
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Mariposa County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk

N/A

Mendocino County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 20:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Merced County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Resources Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Modoc County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 4: Minimal risk

N/A

Mono County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Monterey County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Napa County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Nevada County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

Available here

Orange County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Resources Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Placer County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

The following business sectors ordered closed:

In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs would need to close, both indoors and outdoors, unless they offer sit down, dine-in meals.

N/A

Plumas County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk

N/A

Riverside County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Sacramento County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

San Benito County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

San Bernardino County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk Bars recommended closed.

Indoor restaurants closed.

N/A

San Diego County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

San Francisco City and County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

As of Tuesday, September 1, county reopenings are limited, including:

  • Personal care services can open outdoors
  • Retail storefronts can open, with physical distancing
  • Restaurants with sit-down meal service can open for outdoor dining
  • Offices can reopen only for people working essential business or government operations
  • Supply chain businesses can operate

San Francisco (additional restrictions):

  • Indoor dining, 25% capacity up to 100 people (including indoor food courts in malls)
  • More family entertainment, outdoors (carousels, miniature trains, Ferris wheels)
  • Gyms and fitness centers inside hotels, up to 10% capacity
  • Indoor malls with increased capacity, up to 50% with an approved safety plan
  • Places of worship, indoors at 25% capacity up to 100 people, outdoors up to 200 people 6 feet apart
  • Political protests, outdoors up to 200 people 6 feet apart

Please see the County’s updated Stay Home Order site for additional guidance.

Available here

San Joaquin County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk Bars and indoor activities ordered closed.

N/A

San Luis Obispo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Available here

San Mateo County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Santa Barbara County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

Available here

Santa Clara County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Tier 3: Moderate risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Santa Cruz County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Guidance Tier 2: Substantial risk

Removed from State monitoring list on August 17, 2020. Indoor activities that remain closed until at least August 31 include:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Shasta County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

N/A

Sierra County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Resources Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Siskiyou County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 4: Minimal risk

N/A

Solano County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Sonoma County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Stanislaus County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Sutter County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 2: Substantial risk

N/A

Tehama County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

N/A

Trinity County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 4: Minimal risk

Indoor activities ordered closed as of August 26:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Tulare County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 1: Widespread risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Tuolumne County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Reopening Plan Tier 3: Moderate risk

N/A

Ventura County Landing Page Stay-at-Home Order Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Yolo County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: County Order Rescinded Reopening Plan Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms

N/A

Yuba County Landing Page Following Governor Newsom: Stay-at-Home Executive Order Tier 2: Substantial risk

Indoor activities ordered closed:

  • Dining
  • Bars & wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos & museums
  • Cardrooms
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